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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) shortage of technicians for maintaining the air traffic control (ATC) system, focusing on: (1) whether the shortages adversely affected ATC operations; and (2) FAA plans to increase its maintenance capability.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Transportation 1. Should additional maintenance technician support be needed, the Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to use the most effective and cost-beneficial mix of contractor support and options authorized by the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990.
Closed - Not Implemented
DOT policy is to meet maintenance needs in the most effective and cost-beneficial manner.

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