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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) modernization plans for its Airmen and Aircraft Registry Systems, focusing on whether FAA: (1) adequately defined user needs; and (2) addressed other key system development steps before proceeding with planned equipment and services procurement.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Transportation 1. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to, before soliciting a delegation of procurement authority and preparing a request for proposals: (1) define users' needs, within FAA and involved law enforcement agencies, and systems requirements, including functional requirements for interfacing with existing systems and performance requirements; and (2) subsequent to defining those requirements, consider a broad range of alternatives and prepare cost-benefit analyses on those alternatives.
Closed - Implemented
FAA is preparing a systems concept analysis and cost-benefit analysis that will be used to support a new imaging system acquisition plan.

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