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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible by law for ensuring the safe and efficient use of the Nation's airspace and fostering civil aeronautics and air commerce. FAA attaches great importance to its safety-related programs. Aviation, compared with other transportation modes, has a good safety record.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to prepare a comprehensive long-range plan: (1) to improve FAA identification of safety hazards; and (2) laying out the problems to be solved, the integration of various systems to solve them, and milestones for arriving at solutions.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

A 10-year Aviation Standards Plan was developed and published in September 1983, and is substantially responsive to this recommendation.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to monitor the progress of the overall safety information effort at the highest management levels within FAA and periodically report progress to the Secretary of Transportation.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

The new FAA Administrator directed the Office of Aviation Safety to report directly to him instead of to the Associate Administrator for Aviation Standards in order to be informed and involved with safety activities and problems on a day-to-day basis.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to adhere to milestones for plan implementation.
Closed - Not Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Not Implemented.

Milestones are adjusted and approved by the Administrator as part of the budget process.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to develop a mandatory, written progress report system.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to explore all means for obtaining a common FAA/National Transportation Safety Board approach to accident information.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to establish a top management group, which might be called Administrator's Safety Advisory Group, to identify overall safety priorities.
Closed - Not Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Not Implemented.

No action is intended because agency officials believe that present participation by top management accomplishes the same thing as would the proposed Safety Advisory Group; the present AVS plan and the budget preparation and review process identifies safety program priorities. Top management currently participates in and approves the budget formulation and AVS program and project planning.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to achieve better coordination of human factors research by establishing an agencywide human factors spokesman and preparing a comprehensive statement of position on human factors, an FAA human factors definition, an agency long-range plan, and a summary of dollars spent or needed on human factors research.
Closed - Not Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Not Implemented.

The new Administrator plans to emphasize the continued study of human factors.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to implement a system of recording in project folders staff time charged to safety projects.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to establish a comprehensive planning process which defines organizational goals, objectives, policies and priorities to guide the overall safety mission and provides a frame of reference for planning and approving specific safety efforts, implementing individual safety project plans, and evaluating safety projects.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to develop a comprehensive system of controls to guide and monitor safety project work both before and during the rulemaking actions, record specific key project events and maintain project files.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to develop formal safety project plans showing how the total agencywide solution is to be accomplished. Elements of the formal plan should include a specific and detailed description of at least the following: problem, safety contribution, objectives, requirements, alternative solutions, interim corrective actions, costs and benefits, coordination, resources, milestones, results desired, responsible official, and priority.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to see that each safety project is monitored continually. The monitoring can be done either within each Associated Administrator's office or, as needed, by the recommended Administrator's Safety Advisory Group.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to establish permanent procedures to ensure that adequate feedback about compliance is obtained on nonregulatory safety actions.
Closed - Not Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Not Implemented.

The agency believes that the present system of compliance work obtains adequate information. It does not intend to take action.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to require that formal plans for individual safety projects be reviewed and approved at the Associate Administrator level. Where agreement on requirement, resource commitment, etc., between organizational components cannot be effected at the Associate Administrator's level or on broad efforts involving more than two organizational components, a top management group, such as the recommended Administrator's Safety Advisory group, should be the principal body for reviewing and approving specific and detailed safety project plans.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to: (1) prepare an annual report on the safety evaluation activities, both as planned and achieved, by the Office of Aviation Safety; and (2) monitor the safety evaluation activities of this office.
Closed - Not Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Not Implemented.

The agency disagrees that an annual report is needed and feels that feedback received after specific evaluations and studies provides sufficient information. Therefore, the agency intends to take no action.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should have FAA management of its safety mission periodically evaluated, including assessing the annual report on the Office of Aviation Safety's evaluation activities.
Closed - Not Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Not Implemented.

The agency does not agree that an annual assessment of safety mission management is needed. It believes that ad hoc evaluations are effective, give the agency more flexibility, and are more efficient because of expert staffing.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to assign appraisal responsibilities and the requisite manpower resources to the Program Review Staff, Office of the Associate Administrator for Administration, to conduct independent and objective agencywide evaluations of major areas or issues of concern, or assign this responsibility to a new organizational component reporting to the FAA Administrator.
Closed - Not Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Not Implemented.

The agency believes that no new organization component is needed and that the present method of ad hoc appraisals, staffed either from within or from without, is a more effective and efficient use of personnel resources. The agency does not intend to take action.

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