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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA): (1) progress in incorporating federal acquisition principles into its acquisition process; and (2) budgeting procedures for major acquisitions.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Transportation||1. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to ensure that FAA consistently applies its new acquisition policy and procedures to its major system acquisitions. FAA should continually reconfirm the mission of its projects to help eliminate any uncertainty associated with product development, and it should clearly indicate the progress of its acquisition projects through its acquisition and budget documents.|
|Department of Transportation||2. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to work with the appropriate committees of Congress to develop and implement criteria for budgeting for major acquisition activities. Those criteria should segment funding for major acquisitions according to the phases and milestones set forth in federal acquisition principles.|