Strategic planning (31 - 40 of 57 items)
Federal Aviation Administration: Challenges Facing the Agency in Fiscal Year 2009 and Beyond
GAO-08-460T: Published: Feb 7, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2008.
Fiscal year 2009 will be a critical year for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), with the pending selection of a new Administrator, the beginning of the 5-year term of the new Chief Operating Officer, and the continuing process of transforming the nation's current air traffic control system to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)--a complicated effort to modernize the air...
Freight Transportation: National Policy and Strategies Can Help Improve Freight Mobility
GAO-08-287: Published: Jan 7, 2008. Publicly Released: Jan 7, 2008.
Continued development and efficient performance of the nation's freight transportation system is vital to maintaining a strong U.S. economy and sustaining our nation's competitive position in the global economy. Yet, increasing congestion on our nation's roads and rail lines threatens to undermine the efficiency of our freight transportation system. Although the Department of Transportation (DOT)...
Freight Railroads: Updated Information on Rates and Competition Issues
GAO-07-1245T: Published: Sep 25, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2007.
The Staggers Rail Act of 1980 largely deregulated the freight railroad industry, giving the railroads freedom to price their services according to market conditions and encouraging greater reliance on competition to set rates. The act recognized the need for railroads to recover costs by setting higher rates for shippers with fewer transportation alternatives. The act also recognized that some shi...
Airport Finance: Observations on Planned Airport Development Costs and Funding Levels and the Administration's Proposed Changes in the Airport Improvement Program
GAO-07-885: Published: Jun 29, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2007.
To address the strain on the aviation system, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed transitioning to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). To fund this system and to make its costs to users more equitable, the Administration has proposed fundamental changes in the way that FAA is funded. As part of the reauthorization, the Administration proposes major changes i...
National Transportation Safety Board: Observations on the Draft Business Plan for NTSB's Training Center
GAO-07-886R: Published: Jun 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2007.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) opened a training center in 2003 to train its investigators and others from the transportation community on accident investigation techniques. As GAO reported last year, NTSB's training center is not cost-effective, as its revenues, when combined with the external training costs NTSB staff avoid by using the center, do not cover its costs. In fact, i...
Aviation Security: Cost Estimates Related to TSA Funding of Checked Baggage Screening Systems at Los Angeles and Ontario Airports
GAO-07-445: Published: Mar 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2007.
To meet the mandate to screen all checked baggage for explosives by December 31, 2003, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) placed minivan-sized explosive detection systems (EDS) and other screening equipment in airport lobbies. However, these interim lobby solutions have caused operational inefficiencies, in part because they require a large number of screeners. According to TSA, in-l...
Airport Finance: Preliminary Analysis Indicates Proposed Changes in the Airport Improvement Program May Not Resolve Funding Needs for Smaller Airports
GAO-07-617T: Published: Mar 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2007.
To address the strain on the aviation system, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed transitioning to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). To finance this system and to make its costs to users more equitable, the administration has proposed fundamental changes in the way that FAA is financed. As part of the reauthorization, the administration proposes major chan...
Joint Strike Fighter: Progress Made and Challenges Remain
GAO-07-360: Published: Mar 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2007.
The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program--a multinational acquisition program for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and eight cooperative international partners--is the Department of Defense's (DOD) most expensive aircraft acquisition program. DOD currently estimates it will spend $623 billion to develop, procure, and operate and support the JSF fleet. The JSF aircraft, which includes a variant des...
National Transportation Safety Board: Progress Made, Yet Management Practices, Investigation Priorities, and Training Center Use Should Be Improved
GAO-07-118: Published: Nov 22, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2006.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plays a vital role in advancing transportation safety by investigating accidents, determining their causes, and issuing safety recommendations. To support its mission, NTSB's training center, which opened in 2003, provides training to NTSB investigators and others. It is important that NTSB use its resources efficiently to carry out its mission. GAO...
FAA's Proposed Plan for Implementing a Reliability Centered Maintenance Process for Air Traffic Control Equipment
GAO-07-81R: Published: Nov 9, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 2006.
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Air Traffic Organization (ATO) is responsible for maintaining approximately 40,000 pieces of air traffic control equipment, such as radars, navigation beacons, communication systems, and instrument landing systems that are essential to the safe operation of the national airspace system (NAS). Currently, ATO engineers and technicians conduct routine maint...