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Commercial Space Launch Insurance: Views Differ on Need for Change to Insurance Approach but Clarification Is Needed
GAO-17-88: Published: Nov 22, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 2016.
Of the 10 spaceport operators (entities that host launches from their property) that are currently licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 3 have had commercial activity in the last 5 years, and all 3 told GAO that they have both property and liability coverage to protect themselves from losses resulting from space launch mishaps. Federal laws and regulations do not require spacepor...
Alternative Jet Fuels: Federal Activities Support Development and Usage, but Long-term Commercial Viability Hinges on Market Factors
GAO-14-407: Published: May 7, 2014. Publicly Released: May 7, 2014.
The federal government supports the development and use of alternative jet fuels through both broad and targeted initiatives. Broad national strategies promote the development of a variety of alternative fuels—including alternative jet fuel—to help achieve national goals, such as securing energy independence, fostering economic development, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, t...
Commercial Space Transportation: Development of the Commercial Space Launch Industry Presents Safety Oversight Challenges for FAA and Raises Issues Affecting Federal Roles
GAO-10-286T: Published: Dec 2, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2009.
Since the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported on the commercial space launch industry in 2006, the industry has evolved and moved further toward space tourism. Commercial space tourism promises to make human space travel available to the public for the first time. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversees the safety of commercial space launches, licensing and monitoring the sa...
Performance and Accountability: Challenges Facing the Department of Transportation
GAO-01-443T: Published: Feb 14, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 2001.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) faces critical challenges in achieving its goals of ensuring the safe and efficient movement of people and goods and in making cost-effective investments in the nation's transportation infrastructure. Many of the challenges GAO identified at DOT are long-standing and will require sustained attention by the new administration and Congress. Although the Departm...
Navy Aviation Spare Parts Billing Transaction Issues
GAO-01-178R: Published: Jan 11, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 2001.
During its review of the Navy's aviation spare parts billing transactions, GAO compared the prices that customers were billed for to the prices they should have paid according to the parts catalog maintained by the Naval Inventory Control Point-Philadelphia. GAO found thousands of transactions in which the customers' price did not match the catalog price. Also, thousands of additional transactions...
Navy Aviation: F-14 Modernization Initiatives Should Enhance the Aircraft's Operational Performance
NSIAD-97-233R: Published: Aug 14, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 1997.
GAO provided information on the Navy's efforts to modernize the F-14 fleet, focusing on the Navy's modernization initiatives.GAO noted that: (1) the Navy has upgraded the multirole capabilities of the F-14 by providing it with a precision-strike capability, a digital flight control system, and an enhanced reconnaissance capability; (2) in providing the F-14 with a precision-strike capability, the...
Army Aviation and Troop Command
NSIAD-97-142R: Published: Apr 22, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the disestablishment and movement of the Army's Aviation and Troop Command (ATCOM) from St. Louis, Missouri, to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, focusing on the: (1) Army's one-time cost estimate to accomplish the realignment; (2) Army's annual recurring savings estimate; and (3) health concerns raised about a building being renovated at Re...
Combat Air Power: Joint Mission Assessments Could Enhance Investment Decisions
T-NSIAD-97-105: Published: Mar 5, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1997.
GAO discussed the combat air power capabilities of the United States, focusing on: (1) joint warfighting requirements; (2) the aggregate capabilities of U.S. combat air power forces to meet those requirements; and (3) the Department of Defense's (DOD) efforts to place greater emphasis on joint considerations in program and budget decisions.GAO noted that: (1) the United States possesses a larger i...
Army Aviation Testing: Need to Reassess Consolidation Plan
NSIAD-96-87: Published: Mar 15, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Secretary of the Army's tentative decision to move aviation testing activities now at Edwards Air Force Base, California, to Fort Rucker, Alabama, and retain Yuma Proving Ground.GAO found that: (1) the Army failed to fully account for savings from consolidating its aviation testing activities; (2) consolidation at Fort Rucker and Yuma Proving G...
Navy Maintenance: Assessment of the Public-Private Competition Program for Aviation Maintenance
NSIAD-96-30: Published: Jan 22, 1996. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Navy's aviation depot maintenance competition program, focusing on: (1) the nature and extent of past competitions; (2) whether savings resulted from the program; (3) the prospects for and impediments to future competitions; and (4) whether the program can be improved.GAO found that: (1) Navy public-private competitions generally resulted in sa...