Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) plans to close and contract out low-activity air traffic control towers, focusing on: (1) the potential savings that could result from such actions; (2) the factors that could impede FAA plans; and (3) actions FAA can take to enhance its strategy for reassigning controllers from closed or contracted out towers.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Transportation||1. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to establish procedures to ensure that the new FAA policy to close towers that do not meet benefit-cost criteria for a 2-year period is effectively implemented.|
|Department of Transportation||2. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to develop a strategy for reassigning controllers from contractor-operated towers to understaffed facilities and for minimizing overstaffing at other towers to be contracted out after fiscal year 1994.|