Transportation safety (51 - 60 of 62 items)
Aviation Safety: FAA Needs to Strengthen the Management of Its Designee Programs
GAO-05-40: Published: Oct 8, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2004.
The safety of the flying public and the reliability of the nation's aircraft depend, in part, on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) regulation and certification of the aviation industry. FAA delegates the vast majority of its safety certification activities to about 13,600 private persons and organizations, known as "designees," which are currently grouped into 18 different programs. Amon...
Aviation Security: Private Screening Contractors Have Little Flexibility to Implement Innovative Approaches
GAO-04-505T: Published: Apr 22, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2004.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, resulted in fundamental changes in the way the United States screens airport passengers and their property. One of the most significant changes was the shift from using private screeners to using federal screeners at all but five commercial airports in the United States. These five airports are part of a pilot program, where private screeners perform sc...
Airport Passenger Screening: Preliminary Observations on Progress Made and Challenges Remaining
GAO-03-1173: Published: Sep 24, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2003.
Passenger screening is critical to the security of our nation's aviation system, particularly in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is tasked with securing all modes of transportation, including the screening of airline passengers. TSA has met numerous requirements in this regard, such as deploying more than 50,000 federal s...
Airport Finance: Using Airport Grant Funds for Security Projects Has Affected Some Development Projects
GAO-03-27: Published: Oct 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 2002.
The events of September 11, 2001 created several new challenges for the aviation industry in ensuring the safety and security of the national airport system. Chief among them is deciding to what extent Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant funds should be used to finance the new security requirements at the nation's airports. Although many in the aviation industry believe that funding security p...
Mass Transit: WMATA Is Addressing Many Challenges, but Capital Planning Could Be Improved
GAO-01-1161T: Published: Sep 21, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2001.
In recent years, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (WMATA) public transit system has experienced safety and reliability problems, including equipment breakdowns, delays in scheduled service, unprecedented crowding on trains, and accidents and tunnel fires. WMATA is examining ways to ease crowding on the systems rail cars and determining whether and how to expand Metrorail maint...
Government Performance and Results Act: Information on FAA's Science Activities in DOT's Performance Report for Fiscal Year 1999, Performance Plan for FY 2001, and July 2000 Draft Strategic Plan
RCED-00-258R: Published: Aug 18, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) science activities, in the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Performance report, focusing on: (1) how fiscal year (FY) 1999 performance report/FY 2001 performance plan addresses FAA's science activities; (2) the extent to which FAA's science activities in the President's FY 2001 budget r...
The Department of the Interior's Office of Aircraft Services Should Not Be Abolished
PLRD-82-5: Published: Oct 7, 1981. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1981.
The Department of the Interior's Office of Aircraft Services (OAS) was established to manage aircraft services to meet the agency's needs. In March 1981, Interior ordered that OAS be abolished on September 30, 1981. GAO evaluated OAS activities, the reasons for the abolishment order, and the possible effects of the OAS elimination on the efficiency, effectiveness, and economy of Interior's aircraf...
113090: Aug 21, 1980
GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) management efforts to identify, set priorities for, and develop timely solutions to safety hazards. Safety hazards include problem areas such as midair collisions, cabin fires, and seat dislocations during crash impacts. GAO did not assess the technical sufficiency or reasonableness of the FAA approach or its solutions. FAA can enhance aviat...
Aviation Safety Hazards
112521: Jun 3, 1980
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) attaches great importance to its safety-related programs. However, it has not been effective or timely in developing systems to identify safety hazards because it has not (1) recognized their importance, (2) emphasized information gathering and analysis, nor (3) undertaken long-term planning for comprehensive identification systems. Organizational problems...
Transportation Safety Board Could Improve Its Planning Process
CED-80-101: Published: May 28, 1980. Publicly Released: May 28, 1980.
The National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) planning process could be more efficient and comprehensive. The Board is an independent Government agency designated to promote transportation safety by investigating accidents and recommending safety improvements.Considering the Board's many functions and components and its limited staff and resources, planning should be a key function. A comprehe...