Strategic planning (51 - 57 of 57 items)
National Airspace System: FAA Has Made Progress but Continues to Face Challenges in Acquiring Major Air Traffic Control Systems
GAO-05-331: Published: Jun 10, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2005.
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) multibillion-dollar effort to modernize the nation's air traffic control (ATC) system has suffered from cost, schedule, and/or performance shortfalls in its system acquisitions for more than two decades and has been on our list of high risk programs since 1995. FAA's performance-based Air Traffic Organization (ATO) was created in February 2004, in part,...
National Airspace System: Progress and Ongoing Challenges for the Air Traffic Organization
GAO-05-485T: Published: Apr 14, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2005.
Congress's formation of the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) and the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), both within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), represent the latest efforts to address the monumental challenges of modernizing the national airspace system (NAS) during the first quarter of the twenty-first century. For more than two decades, FAA has been working to modernize t...
National Airspace System: Experts' Views on Improving the U.S. Air Traffic Control Modernization Program
GAO-05-333SP: Published: Apr 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2005.
In 1981, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began a program to modernize the national airspace system and a primary component, the air traffic control (ATC) system. The ATC component of this program, which is designed to replace aging equipment and accommodate predicted growth in air traffic, has had difficulty for more than two decades in meeting cost, schedule, and performance targets. Th...
Aviation Security: Systematic Planning Needed to Optimize the Deployment of Checked Baggage Screening Systems
GAO-05-365: Published: Mar 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2005.
Mandated to screen all checked baggage using explosive detection systems at airports by December 31, 2003, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) deployed two types of screening equipment: explosives detection systems (EDS), which use computer-aided tomography X-rays to recognize the characteristics of explosives, and explosives trace detection (ETD) systems, which use chemical analysis...
Airport Finance: Past Funding Levels May Not Be Sufficient to Cover Airports' Planned Capital Development
GAO-03-497T: Published: Feb 25, 2003. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2003.
Since Congress enacted the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21 Century (AIR-21) 3 years ago, much has changed. At that time, the focus was on reducing congestion and flight delays. Today, flights are being canceled for lack of business, two major air carriers are in bankruptcy, and attention has shifted from increasing the capacity of the national airspace system to enhan...
National Airspace System: Better Cost Data Could Improve FAA's Management of the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System
GAO-03-343: Published: Jan 31, 2003. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 2003.
To enhance the capacity and safety of the national airspace system, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), within the Department of Transportation, is acquiring 74 Standard Terminal Automation Replacement Systems (STARS). STARS will replace some outdated air traffic control equipment. Since 1996, when FAA initiated this major computer hardware and software acquisition, the scope and estimated...
Intercity Passenger Rail: Financial Performance of Amtrak's Routes
RCED-98-151: Published: May 14, 1998. Publicly Released: May 14, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the financial: (1) performance of Amtrak's current routes; (2) implications for Amtrak of multiyear capital requirements and declining federal operating subsidies; and (3) effect on Amtrak of reforms contained in the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act of 1997.GAO noted that: (1) Amtrak spends almost $2 for every dollar of revenue it earns in pr...