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GAO was asked to review the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) planning, management, and acquisition of automated systems for air traffic control and management purposes, and the plan for upgrading the current computer and communications systems for air traffic control and making extensive improvements to the National Airspace System (NAS).

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Transportation 1. The Secretary of Transportation should direct FAA to conduct a comprehensive information requirements analysis including the identification and ranking by priority of future software applications
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Transportation 2. The Secretary of Transportation should direct FAA to prepare a long-range plan to obtain needed processing and telecommunication capability.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Transportation 3. The Secretary of Transportation should direct FAA to cancel its procurements for replacing the regional computer systems and the computer for the Aeronautical Center.
Closed - Not Implemented
In November 1982, FAA acquired a computer for its aeronautical center in Oklahoma City. FAA then acquired computers for its regional offices. In both instances, FAA stated that it followed an effective and correct management process in acquiring these computers. FAA also stated that its information needs and ADP workload justified these acquisitions.

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