Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) plans to acquire the Advanced Automation System (AAS), focusing on FAA compliance with congressional direction to: (1) obtain more technical information and modify test plans before awarding the AAS acquisition contract; and (2) conduct a cost-benefit study.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Transportation||1. To ensure that FAA completes a credible cost-benefit analysis and retains the flexibility to acquire the optimal alternative, the Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to conduct an analysis to determine the optimal terminal control alternative: (1) using the data supporting the recently completed cost-benefit study; and (2) comparing a full range of alternative system configurations, capabilities, and locations.|
|Department of Transportation||2. To ensure that FAA completes a credible cost-benefit analysis and retains the flexibility to acquire the optimal alternative, the Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to exclude from new contracts or extensions of existing contracts materials and services required to prepare to consolidate terminal control facilities into AAS area control facilities until FAA determines the optimal alternative. This recommendation should not preclude FAA from modernizing facilities to perform en route functions.|
|Department of Transportation||3. To ensure effective cost control on the multi-billion dollar AAS acquisition, the Secretary of Transportation should review FAA cost control processes to determine whether improvements, including establishing design-to-cost goals, should be implemented.|