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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) progress in implementing the National Airspace System (NAS) Plan, focusing on: (1) the adequacy of FAA headquarters planning for regional installation and integration of NAS equipment; and (2) whether FAA regions had sufficient information to perform those tasks within established schedules.

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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 ensure that project implementation plans conform to established FAA planning standards before they are issued.
Closed - Implemented
The FAA National Airspace System (NAS) Transition Service established a working group to look at problems and develop solutions for the new systems' field transition process. This effort resulted in new guidance for project implementation plans (PIP). The FAA official who headed up the group responsible for issuing the new PIP guidance said that it will be a much-needed improvement over the previous version. The new guidance will make it easier for FAA decisionmakers to review PIP to ensure that they conform to FAA standards and allow for better project field implementation.
Department of Transportation 2. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to ensure that RPMS is available in time to develop the fiscal year (FY) 1991 budget request.
Closed - Implemented
According to the FAA program manager for RPMS, the system is now complete. He stated that RPMS was used to generate budget needs for FY 1992.

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