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Highway Trust Fund Obligations, Fiscal Years 2009 to 2011
GAO-13-193R: Published: Jan 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2013.
During fiscal years 2009 through 2011, four administrations within DOT obligated about $144 billion from the HTF. FHWA obligated the largest share--about 81 percent--of this total, specifically:FHWA obligated $116.7 billion from the HTF. A majority--about 81 percent--was obligated to construct and maintain highways and bridges. The remainder was obligated for other purposes such as safety, debt se...
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...
Aviation Safety: FAA Management Practices for Technical Training Mostly Effective; Further Actions Could Enhance Results
GAO-05-728: Published: Sep 7, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2005.
One key way that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) makes air travel safer is to inspect the manufacture, operation, and maintenance of aircraft that fly in the United States. To better direct its resources, FAA is shifting from an inspection process that relied on spot-checks of compliance with regulations to one that evaluates operating procedures and analyzes inspection data to identify...
Intercity Passenger Rail: Issues Associated with the Recent Settlement between Amtrak and the Consortium of Bombardier and Alstom
GAO-05-152: Published: Dec 1, 2004. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2004.
As part of the Acela high-speed rail program, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) executed contracts in 1996 with train manufacturers Bombardier and Alstom to build 20 high-speed trains--called trainsets--and 15 electric high-horsepower locomotives; construct three maintenance facilities; and provide maintenance services for the Acela trainsets. The trainsets, locomotives, and fac...
Aviation Safety: FAA Needs to Update Curriculum and Certification Requirements for Aviation Mechanics
GAO-03-317: Published: Mar 6, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2003.
The safety of millions of airline passengers depends in part on aviation mechanics--known as A&P mechanics--that are certified to inspect, service, and repair the aircraft's body (airframe) and/or engine (powerplant). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) establishes the requirements to become certified as an A&P mechanic. Concerns have been raised in the aviation industry about having a suffi...
Military Aircraft: Services Need Strategies to Reduce Cannibalizations
GAO-02-86: Published: Nov 21, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2001.
All military services routinely use cannibalization to maintain aircraft. The adverse effects of cannibalizations include (1) higher maintenance costs due to increased mechanics' workloads, (2) morale and personnel retention problems, and (3) taking expensive aircraft out of service for long periods of time. The services have many reasons for cannibalizing aircraft and strong incentives for contin...
National Airspace System: Incomplete Transition Back to National Maintenance and Certification Standards in the Federal Aviation Administration's Alaskan Region
GAO-02-127R: Published: Nov 30, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2001.
In 1997, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) adopted a pilot program, known as the Corporate Maintenance Philosophy, that reduced the frequency of periodic maintenance and certification in FAA's Alaskan Region. In 2001, the Federal Labor Relations Authority ruled that FAA must revert back to the national maintenance and certification standards in the Alaskan Region because it had not negotia...
Air Force Supply: Management Actions Create Spare Parts Shortages and Operations Problems
NSIAD/AIMD-99-77: Published: Apr 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effectiveness of the Air Force Supply Management Activity Group in meeting its military customers needs, focusing on the: (1) extent and impact of military customers not receiving aircraft spare parts when needed; and (2) reasons why parts were not always available when needed.GAO noted that: (1) over the last several years, the effectiveness o...
Airfield Pavement: Keeping Nation's Runways in Good Condition Could Require Substantially Higher Spending
RCED-98-226: Published: Jul 31, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on runway conditions at national system airports and cost estimates for maintaining and rehabilitating these runways over the next 10 years, focusing on the: (1) current condition of the nation's airport runways; (2) likely cost of rehabilitation and preventive maintenance for these runways over the next 10 years; (3) Federal Aviation A...
Afloat Prepositioning: Not All Equipment Meets the Army's Readiness Goal
NSIAD-97-169: Published: Jul 23, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the readiness of the Army's war reserve equipment prepositioned afloat, focusing on the: (1) extent to which the brigade set of war reserve equipment, which is prepositioned on ships, meets the Army's readiness goal; and (2) status of the Army's efforts to establish facilities to maintain this brigade set of equipment and develop an...