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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) planning and analysis in support of its Interim Support Plan (ISP), focusing on whether: (1) FAA adequately identified its requirements when developing ISP; and (2) the program was progressing in a manner that reflected its stated urgent nature.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Transportation 1. Because FAA has been developing additional interim projects, the Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to ensure that FAA properly applies its assessment and approval process and the Federal Information Resources Management Regulation (FIRMR), including conducting requirements analyses, to future projects before submitting them to Congress for funding.
Closed - Implemented
Ongoing work indicates there are still problems in the requirements process.
Department of Transportation 2. Because FAA has been developing additional interim projects, the Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to develop specific capacity, reliability, and maintainability requirements and goals for planning and assessing interim programs.
Closed - Not Implemented
The recommendation is superseded by the similar, but broader, GAO recommendation in T-RCED-92-51, the testimony on the FAA fiscal year 1993 budget request.

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