Department of Transportation

Much of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) planning went into how to adjust Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operations under the potential reduced spending levels of sequestration. Planning included determining the number of furlough days for FAA air traffic controllers and other employees and identifying federal contract air traffic control towers for closure. DOT halted these actions when it was provided with authority to make a one-time transfer of $253 million from the Airport Improvement Program account to address these issues. Spending reductions affected the available amount of DOT support for Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts as well as other infrastructure investments and, according to DOT officials, could create long-term delays in these investments. DOT also reduced some grants, research funding, and maintenance activities, although the extent to which these reductions might prolong or delay projects supported by these investments varies by program, according to DOT.