Government Civilian Aircraft:

Use of Government Aircraft by the Attorney General and FBI Director

GGD-90-84: Published: Jun 15, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1990.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed travel on government aircraft by the Attorney General and the Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), focusing on: (1) information about their travel; and (2) actions the Department of Justice should take to better manage use of its aircraft for executive transportation.

GAO found that: (1) the Attorney General and FBI Director took 75 trips on government aircraft; (2) Justice permitted the Attorney General and FBI Director to use agency aircraft to ensure their security; (3) FBI did not have complete cost data for its aircraft; (4) Justice had not compared the costs for the executives' transportation on government aircraft to the cost of alternatives; and (5) Justice did not consider private aircraft services because it maintained that its aircraft were for inherently governmental functions. GAO also found that: (1) Justice considered using commercial airline services but rejected the option in order to provide for personal security and secure communications; (2) while providing for executives' security was an inherently governmental function, transporting them on Justice aircraft was not; (3) security requirements for the executives' travel would not be effectively met by commercial airlines; and (4) private leasing or rental aircraft services could satisfy commercial security-related requirements better than regularly scheduled airlines.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: By the Department's current appropriations, FBI is precluded from performing A-76 analysis. Hence, cost comparison was not undertaken.

    Recommendation: In order to comply with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) policies, the Attorney General should instruct the Director, FBI, to develop aircraft cost data.

    Agency Affected: Department of Justice

  2. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: By the Department's current appropriation, FBI is precluded from performing A-76 analysis. Hence, cost comparison was not undertaken.

    Recommendation: In order to comply with OMB polices, the Attorney General should instruct the Director, FBI, to determine whether private aircraft services can effectively meet the security needs and other considerations of the Attorney General, Director, and other executives and, if so, further determine if such private services could provide this transportation more cost-effectively than FBI or other Justice aircraft.

    Agency Affected: Department of Justice

 

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