Transportation Issues

OCG-93-14TR: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed major federal policy, management, and program issues involving transportation, focusing on: (1) investment in surface transportation infrastructure; (2) modernization of air traffic control and airports; (3) transportation safety; (4) airline competition and access to international markets; (5) Coast Guard acquisition programs and environmental protection; and (6) financial systems and grant oversight.

GAO found that: (1) congressional legislation guided investment in surface transportation facilities by emphasizing integrated transportation systems and supporting new technology; (2) the air traffic control system modernization and airport development programs need set goals and improved management to make the best use of available funding; (3) the Department of Transportation (DOT) needs to strengthen its regulation and enforcement of safety standards, and to better target its resources at safety risks; (4) DOT needs to eliminate barriers to airline competition, enhance access to capital for weaker airlines, and facilitate access to foreign markets; (5) the Coast Guard needs to improve its acquisition process and environmental oversight; and (6) DOT needs to consolidate its financial systems and improve grant oversight.

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