Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the adequacy of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) maintenance staffing, focusing on the impact of the: (1) current staffing situation on the air traffic system; and (2) projected attrition of maintenance personnel on staffing requirements.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Transportation||1. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to improve the airway facilities staffing standard validation process by: (1) requiring the field to review and verify facility inventories; (2) linking staffing projections to facility-specific data available through the systems engineering and integration contractor database; and (3) estimating pipeline staffing needs.|
|Department of Transportation||2. The Secretary of Transportation should establish staffing targets for field maintenance at a level approaching authorized positions to provide a technician pipeline to replace anticipated attrition over the next 5 years.|
|Department of Transportation||3. The Secretary of Transportation should submit these targets and a funding plan to support hiring to these levels to the appropriate congressional committees.|
|Department of Transportation||4. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to consider the options discussed above, such as rehiring retirees and redistributing the work force, to deal with situations where field staffing is already critical.|
|Department of Transportation||5. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to standardize the preventive maintenance reporting system.|