Major Management Challenges and Program Risks:

Department of Transportation

OCG-99-13: Published: Jan 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 1999.

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As part of its Performance and Accountability Series, GAO provided information on the major management challenges and program risks facing the Department of Transportation (DOT).

GAO noted that: (1) over the past 17 years, the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) multibillion-dollar air traffic control modernization program has experienced cost overruns, delays, and performance shortfalls of large proportions; (2) FAA faces considerable challenges in making its computer systems ready for the year 2000; (3) DOT and Congress face a challenge in reaching agreement on the amount and source of long-term financing for FAA and the nation's airports; (4) FAA has numerous shortcomings in its safety and security programs; (5) although airline deregulation is generally considered to be a success by DOT and others, contributing to better service and lower fares for most travellers, not all communities have benefited from it; (6) many large-dollar highway and transit projects continue to incur cost increases, experience delays, and have difficulties acquiring needed financing; (7) the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has improved its oversight of federal transit grants; however, the agency needs to complete, timely information to help ensure the correction of deficiencies found during its oversight reviews; (8) the National Railroad Passenger Corporation's (Amtrak) financial condition has substantially deteriorated in recent years; (9) Amtrak's deteriorating financial condition has raised the possibility of both bankruptcy and liquidation; (10) DOT's lack of accountability for its financial activities impairs its ability to efficiently and effectively manage programs and exposes the Department to potential waste, fraud, mismanagement, and abuse; (11) FAA will need to continue efforts to fully implement its cost accounting system so that it can use reliable and accurate data to improve its management and performance and to establish user fees as mandated by Congress; (12) to improve FTA's oversight of transit grants, the agency needs to complete implementation of a new information tracking system; (13) adequately addressing many of the challenges GAO identified will require sustained attention by DOT and Congress; and (14) individual agencies within DOT have efforts under way to address some of them, but more remains to be done.

Below are the reports in this series:

High-Risk Series: An Update HR-99-1, Jan 1, 1999

Performance and Accountability Series:

Major Management Challenges and Risks: An Executive Summary OCG-99-ES, Feb 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: A Governmentwide Perspective OCG-99-1, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Agriculture OCG-99-2, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Commerce OCG-99-3, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Defense OCG-99-4, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Education OCG-99-5, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Energy OCG-99-6, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Health and Human Services OCG-99-7, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Housing and Urban Development OCG-99-8, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of the Interior OCG-99-9, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Justice OCG-99-10, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Labor OCG-99-11, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of State OCG-99-12, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Transportation OCG-99-13, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of the Treasury OCG-99-14, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Veterans Affairs OCG-99-15, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Agency for International Development OCG-99-16, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Environmental Protection Agency OCG-99-17, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: National Aeronautics and Space Administration OCG-99-18, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Nuclear Regulatory Commission OCG-99-19, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Social Security Administration OCG-99-20, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: U.S. Postal Service OCG-99-21, Jan 1, 1999

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