FAA Can Better Manage the Aircraft It Uses To Keep Pilots Current and Provide Transportation

PLRD-83-52: Published: Apr 1, 1983. Publicly Released: May 3, 1983.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal civilian agencies' aircraft operations to determine whether they are being managed efficiently and economically. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducts aircraft flight programs to keep pilots current.

GAO found that more effective management of FAA programs is needed because: (1) most pilots do not acquire the minimum flight hours to remain current; (2) most passenger transportation flights could have been made at lower cost on commercial airlines; (3) nonofficial passengers have routinely traveled at government expense; and (4) more aircraft acquisition is planned without adequate justification or consideration of less costly alternatives.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should require the Administrator, FAA, to accurately determine evaluation, currency, and transportation flight program requirements by implementing FAA Orders 4040.9A and 4040.19 and reassess evaluation, currency, and transportation program pilot requirements to ensure that program pilots are in positions that require them to actually fly aboard aircraft as crew members.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to adequately justify the reasons for each flight on agency aircraft by properly filling out the aircraft request and use records as required by FAA Order 4040.9A.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to comply with A-76, as required, when modernizing, replacing, upgrading, or enlarging its aircraft fleet and related services.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  4. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to conduct an A-76 review of all evaluation, currency, and transportation and logistics mission aircraft to see whether the services they provide could be provided more economically by the private sector.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  5. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to require that FAA aircraft request and use records be filled out correctly and kept in accordance with the subject order.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  6. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to revise FAA Order 4040.9A to incorporate the recommended DOT regulations and to strictly enforce them.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  7. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should require the Office of the Inspector General to periodically review FAA aircraft request and use records and verify that aircraft are being used properly.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  8. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should issue a written policy generally prohibiting the carrying of spouses, other dependents, and other nonofficial travelers on FAA aircraft.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  9. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to reduce the number of evaluation, currency, and transportation aircraft to only those necessary to meet valid program requirements.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  10. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to establish criteria, guidelines, and procedures that require consistent and valid comparisons of the cost of transporting passengers on agency aircraft versus commercial airlines.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  11. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to require the use of commercial airlines, or other less costly means, to transport passengers when it is more economical and does not interfere with mission accomplishment.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  12. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should require the Administrator, FAA, to accurately determine evaluation, currency, and transportation flight program requirements by implementing FAA Orders 4040.9A and 4040.19 and prohibit transportation flights from being justified for currency, unless they are necessary to meet minimum standards.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  13. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should require the Administrator, FAA, to accurately determine evaluation, currency, and transportation flight program requirements by implementing FAA Orders 4040.9A and 4040.19 and ensure that each program pilot is authorized no more currency hours than necessary to meet minimum standards, as previously required by regulations.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  14. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should require the Administrator, FAA, to accurately determine evaluation, currency, and transportation flight program requirements by implementing FAA Orders 4040.9A and 4040.19 and ensure that pilots are removed from the program for failure to maintain the required level of currency or failure to meet minimum participation standards.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  15. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should require the Administrator, FAA, to accurately determine evaluation, currency, and transportation flight program requirements by implementing FAA Orders 4040.9A and 4040.19 and ensure that flight programs are developed and flight-hours are allocated so that each designated pilot may meet the program's currency requirements.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  16. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should require the Administrator, FAA, to accurately determine evaluation, currency, and transportation flight program requirements by implementing FAA Orders 4040.9A and 4040.19 and ensure that flight program participants are limited to those that can be supported by the budget and programmed flight-hours.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  17. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to require that officials responsible for approving such flights be held accountable through their performance evaluations that these recommended practices are followed.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  18. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: DOT stated that this was addressed by OMB, which chaired an Aircraft Policy Working Group in which DOT participated. OMB decided not to include the recommendation in Circular A-126 because such a policy would require major changes in its prescribed budget object classification accounts, which should only be made after a thorough impact study.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to require that the costs of transporting passengers be charged to the Transportation Appropriations account and, where passengers are transported with a bona fide mission, the cost of such transportation should be prorated between the appropriations accounts on an equitable basis.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  19. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to limit VIP transportation on FAA aircraft to the absolute minimum necessary and permit it only when: (1) commercial airlines cannot be used due to mission requirements; and (2) the government benefits justify the costs.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  20. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The Department of Transportation (DOT) has informed GAO that a decision has been made to purchase the four Beechcraft King F-90's. A decision has also been made to purchase the logistics aircraft based on a need for multipurpose aircraft to support the FAA fleet conversion program.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to consider less costly alternatives, like interagency sharing and commercial service, before buying either the four Beechcraft King F-90's currently being leased or the new logistics aircraft.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

 

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