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GAO reviewed the status and objectives of the Forest Service's Helistat program.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should direct the Chief, Forest Service, to restructure the development effort to include a complete state-of-the-art design and data package from which future Helistat concept vehicles could be built and from which more accurate estimates of the economics of aerial logging could be made.
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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should insure that program milestones not be tied to land management planning time frames.
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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should direct the Chief, Forest Service, to include as part of the program a requirement that estimates be made of the economics of private industry logging based on a state-of-the-art Helistat concept vehicle.
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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should direct the Chief, Forest Service, to give the contract administrator, the Naval Air Development Center, sufficient freedom to use its authority to make decisions on the adequacy of Helistat contract performance and on the future funding obligations under the contract.
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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should reevaluate the Helistat program before making any further funding obligations on the vehicle's development contract. This reevaluation should include the participation and advice of potential users to determine if the Helistat is needed, how it could be used, and the operational requirements for such a vehicle.
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