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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to: (1) develop better ground-based hazardous weather detection systems; and (2) disseminate weather information to pilots in a more timely manner.

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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 inform the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Congress of any performance objectives that the terminal doppler weather radar cannot meet and their impact on safety and cost before committing funds for a procurement contract.
Closed - Not Implemented
FAA has already committed the funds.
Department of Transportation 2. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to develop guidance on how air traffic controllers are to monitor the airport surveillance radar weather display and what hazardous weather information they are to disseminate to pilots.
Closed - Not Implemented
The recommendation in RCED-90-17 has superseded the recommendation in RCED-87-208.

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