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GAO reviewed airport runway maintenance nationwide to determine whether airport owners are properly maintaining their runways. Between 1970 and 1981, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) invested approximately $750 million to construct and improve many of the Nation's runways in return for the owners' assurances to properly maintain the airports.

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Recommendations

Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator of FAA to complete the advisory circular on pavement maintenance and provide a copy to all airport owners, together with any necessary training on how to apply it.
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 Administrator of FAA to require the agency's airport inspectors to report airport owners' unsatisfactory maintenance of runways.
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 Administrator of FAA to require the agency's regional offices to aggressively pursue airport owners' compliance with maintenance obligations, including taking administrative or judicial actions against owners who fail to satisfactorily maintain their runways.
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 Administrator of FAA to require the agency's regional offices to contact aviation officials in the States that are not currently assisting small airports to see if such financial assistance can be arranged.
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.

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