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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) West Coast Plan and related environmental and management issues.

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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 develop a means to facilitate and evaluate regional office adherence to FAA Order 1050.1D, particularly in preparing environmental assessments.
Closed - Implemented
FAA has: (1) undertaken a program to improve handling of environmental actions at both headquarters and regional office levels; and (2) filled a Special Projects Officer position in the Western-Pacific region to coordinate and integrate the West Coast Plan as well as other regional projects.
Department of Transportation 2. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to consider ways of ensuring coordination and integration of related airspace projects that are focused on a specific geographic part of the country or are carried out substantially by a single FAA regional office. In the case of the West Coast Plan, this might necessitate reestablishing the position of a West Coast Plan manager in the Western-Pacific region.
Closed - Implemented
A National Airspace Capacity Staff was established to coordinate airspace changes nationwide.

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