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Motor Carriers: Better Information Needed to Assess Effectiveness and Efficiency of Safety Interventions
GAO-17-49: Published: Oct 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2016.
In July 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) chose to delay nationwide implementation of two of the eight interventions that FMCSA uses to address motor carrier safety concerns under its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. This delay is linked to continuing delays in developing software needed to support the two interventions, offsite investigations and the u...
Train Braking: DOT's Rulemaking on Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brakes Could Benefit from Additional Data and Transparency
GAO-17-122: Published: Oct 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2016.
DOT based estimates of the business benefits of electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes on limited data, in part, because railroads that have used ECP brakes to date have shared limited data on their use. ECP brakes provide an electronic brake signal instantaneously throughout the train, allowing train cars to brake faster than with conventional air brakes. In supporting the May 2015 rule...
Railroad Financing: Stakeholders' Views on Recent Changes to the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program
GAO-16-714R: Published: Jul 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 2016.
The Fixing Americaâ€™s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which was enacted in December 2015, made a number of significant changes to the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program, but the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the modal administration that is responsible for the program, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), are still in the early stages of implementin...
Highway Trust Fund: Administrative Expenses of the Federal Highway Administration
GAO-16-631R: Published: Jun 24, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2016.
GAO found that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) functions funded by administrative monies from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) include (1) general operating expenses (salaries and benefits, equipment, travel, and other expenses); (2) transfers to the Appalachian Regional Commission; and (3) specific programs consisting of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Highway Use Tax Evasion, On-the...
Federally Leased Vehicles: Agencies Should Strengthen Assessment Processes to Reduce Underutilized Vehicles
GAO-16-136: Published: Jan 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 2016.
The General Services Administration (GSA) provides guidance to agencies to assist them in reducing underutilized leased vehicles. This guidance can be written (such as bulletins) or advice from GSA's fleet service representatives (FSR) to agency fleet managers. FSRs assist agencies with leasing issues, and GSA expects its FSRs to communicate with fleet managers about vehicle utilization at least a...
Maritime Transportation: Implications of Using U.S. Liquefied-Natural-Gas Carriers for Exports
GAO-16-104: Published: Dec 3, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2015.
According to Department of Energy (DOE) and industry expectations, in the next few years the United States is expected to change from a net importer of natural gas to a net exporter, with those exports destined for different regions of the world, especially Asia. Five large-scale U.S. liquefaction facilitiesâ€”necessary for conversion of natural gas to liquefied natural gas (LNG) (see fig. below)â...
Screening Partnership Program: TSA Can Benefit from Improved Cost Estimates
GAO-16-19: Published: Nov 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2015.
Based on an analysis of TSA's cost estimating practices and methodology developed in 2013 against best practices, TSA's cost estimates have some strengths, but also have limitations in four general characteristics needed to reflect a high-quality and reliable cost estimate. TSA's cost estimating practices reflect certain strengths, including a revised cost estimating methodology that provides suff...
Federal Vehicle Fleets: Leading Practices for Managing Fleet Operations
GAO-15-644T: Published: May 21, 2015. Publicly Released: May 21, 2015.
Effective fleet management relies on a complete and integrated fleet management information system, the use of life-cycle cost analysis, and appropriate decisions about fleet size and composition.Â Following these practices enhances agenciesâ€™ ability to make sound decisions about their fleets and assure that the fleets are meeting missions in the most cost-efficient manner possible.Â The Unite...
Highway Trust Fund: DOT Has Opportunities to Improve Tracking and Reporting of Highway Spending
GAO-15-33: Published: Oct 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 2014.
In fiscal year 2013, operating administrations within the Department of Transportation (DOT) collected and reported some information on the types of activities and administrative expenses funded from the Highway Trust Fund, but did so with varying levels of detail. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) obligated about $41 billion in fiscal year 2013, most of which ($39 billion) was apportioned...
Airport Funding: Aviation Industry Changes Affect Airport Development Costs and Financing
GAO-14-658T: Published: Jun 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2014.
Since 2007, economic pressuresâ€”including high fuel prices, the financial crisis, and the ensuing recession of 2007â€“2009â€”contributed to airline restructuring which has resulted in reductions in the number of commercial flights at airports, especially at medium- and smaller-sized airports. General aviation activity, which includes all forms of aviation except commercial and military, has also...