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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed compensation and staffing levels of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) police force at Washington National and Washington Dulles International Airports.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Office of Personnel Management 1. The Director, OPM, should report to Congress on what administrative or legislative actions are needed to resolve the FAA police staffing problems. In its assessment of the actions needed, OPM should consider whether: (1) the work of General Schedule police officers, and in particular FAA police officers at National and Dulles airports, is properly valued in comparison with other General Schedule positions and other federal police work under special compensation systems; and (2) the work of police officers belongs under the General Schedule or whether a uniform and separate occupation schedule for federal police work with a single pay system should be developed.
Closed - Not Implemented
Congress is currently considering legislation to turn over the airports to local entities. If this legislation is enacted, the FAA police would be terminated and their duties would be assumed by the local jurisdictions.

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