Transportation safety (11 - 20 of 108 items)
National Airspace System: FAA Reauthorization Issues are Critical to System Transformation and Operations
GAO-09-377T: Published: Feb 11, 2009. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2009.
As requested, this statement discusses issues for the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The aviation industry is in a period of economic turmoil and faces an uncertain future. At the same time, FAA is undertaking one of its most ambitious efforts ever to transform the nation's air traffic control system. The reauthorization of FAA provides an opportunity for Congress an...
Aviation Safety: FAA Has Taken Steps to Determine That It Has Made Correct Medical Certification Decisions
GAO-08-997: Published: Sep 17, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2008.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks to make the U.S. aviation system one of the safest in the world. However, a 2005 Department of Transportation Inspector General investigation found that FAA had issued medical certificates to a small percentage of pilots with disqualifying medical conditions, such as heart conditions, schizophrenia, and drug or alcohol addiction. In response to your...
Aviation Safety: FAA Has Increased Efforts to Address Runway Incursions
GAO-08-1169T: Published: Sep 25, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2008.
Despite a recent reduction in air traffic due to economic factors, congestion on airport runways remains a safety concern. The nation's aviation system is still expected to grow and become more crowded in the coming years, exacerbating concerns about ground safety issues, including runway incursions, which occur when aircraft enter runways without authorization. This statement addresses (1) recent...
Review of the Transportation Security Administration's Air Cargo Screening Exemptions Report
GAO-08-1055R: Published: Aug 15, 2008. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2008.
This report formally transmits the attached briefing in response to section 1602(b) of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. The act requires the Comptroller General to provide an assessment of the methodology used by the Secretary of Homeland Security for maintaining, changing or eliminating an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 44901(i)(1). We provided the mandated reportin...
Transportation Security: TSA Has Developed a Risk-Based Covert Testing Program, but Could Better Mitigate Aviation Security Vulnerabilities Identified Through Covert Tests
GAO-08-958: Published: Aug 8, 2008. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 2008.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses undercover, or covert, testing to approximate techniques that terrorists may use to identify vulnerabilities in and measure the performance of airport security systems. During these tests, undercover inspectors attempt to pass threat objects through passenger and baggage screening systems, and access secure airport areas. In response to a congr...
Aviation Security: Transportation Security Administration May Face Resource and Other Challenges in Developing a System to Screen All Cargo Transported on Passenger Aircraft
GAO-08-959T: Published: Jul 15, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2008.
The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement a system to physically screen 100 percent of cargo on passenger aircraft by August 2010. To fulfill these requirements, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) TSA is developing the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP), which would allow the screening o...
Transportation Security: Transportation Security Administration Has Strengthened Planning to Guide Investments in Key Aviation and Surface Transportation Security Programs, but More Work Remains
GAO-08-487T: Published: May 13, 2008. Publicly Released: May 13, 2008.
Since its inception, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has focused much of its efforts on aviation security, and has developed and implemented a variety of programs and procedures to secure commercial aviation. More recently, TSA has taken actions to secure the nation's surface transportation modes. TSA funding for aviation security has totaled about $26 billion since fiscal year 20...
Transportation Security: Efforts to Strengthen Aviation and Surface Transportation Security Continue to Progress, but More Work Remains
GAO-08-651T: Published: Apr 15, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2008.
Within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) mission is to protect the nation's transportation network. Since its inception in 2001, TSA has developed and implemented a variety of programs and procedures to secure commercial aviation and surface modes of transportation. Other DHS components, federal agencies, state and local governments, and...
Aviation Security: Transportation Security Administration Has Strengthened Planning to Guide Investments in Key Aviation Security Programs, but More Work Remains
GAO-08-456T: Published: Feb 28, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2008.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) funding for aviation security has totaled about $26 billion since fiscal year 2004. This testimony focuses on TSA's efforts to secure the commercial aviation system through passenger screening, air cargo, and watch-list matching programs, and challenges remaining in these areas. GAO's comments are based on GAO products issued between February 2004 and A...
Aviation Weather: Services at Key Aviation Facilities Lack Performance Measures, but Improvement Efforts Are Under Way
GAO-08-491T: Published: Feb 26, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2008.
The National Weather Service (NWS), an agency under the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), provides staff on-site at each of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) en route centers--the facilities that control high-altitude flight outside the airport tower and terminal areas. This group of NWS meteorologists provides air traffic managers with fore...