Aviation Safety:

Progress on FAA Safety Indicators Program Slow and Challenges Remain

IMTEC-92-57: Published: Aug 31, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Safety Indicators Program, focusing on: (1) the status and progress of the program; and (2) barriers to its implementation.

GAO has found that: (1) FAA has accomplished little towards its program goals; (2) development of the indicators has been delayed due to ineffective user involvement and unclear management commitment, which have also delayed development of a necessary decision support system that would integrate data from multiple sources; (3) FAA has recently redirected the program in an attempt to accelerate the identification of indicators, but less detailed indicators are being developed, which may defeat the program's goals; (4) the safety-related databases that could supply source data to the program are inaccurate, inconsistent, and often incompatible; and (5) FAA has not responded to earlier GAO recommendations that it develop a program plan that provides for effective user involvement, requisite funding, and source data integrity.

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