Aviation Research:

Information on Funding, Staffing, and Timing of FAA's Research Projects

RCED-92-108FS: Published: Feb 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on funding, staffing, and scheduling data for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) research programs for fiscal year (FY) 1988 through FY 1991.

GAO found that: (1) congressional appropriations for the FAA Research, Engineering, and Development (RE&D) Program have grown from $153 million in FY 1988 to $205 million for FY 1991; (2) projects related to capacity and air traffic management account for 40 percent of the FY 1991 RE&D obligations; (3) in response to recent incidents, FAA has expanded research regarding aviation security, aviation safety, and human factors and medicine; (4) total authorized staffing for the projects has increased by 3 percent, with significant increases in innovative and cooperative research project staffing, and staffing decreases in projects relating to weather, communications, navigation, and surveillance; and (5) FAA has completed half of the 140 projects for which GAO collected data, and about 40 percent of the 70 active projects were scheduled to be completed within 5 to 7 years.