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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) access control systems, focusing on the: (1) cost of FAA access control systems; and (2) actions FAA could take to ensure that access control systems are cost-effective in the future.

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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 develop and implement detailed guidance based on FAA access control requirements that explains where system equipment should be located.
Closed - Implemented
FAA, in conjunction with aviation industry representatives, developed guidelines and standards for acquiring and upgrading airport access control systems through a special federal advisory committee. These guidelines and standards were published on March 13, 1996, and address the purpose and scope of access controls, operational goals, detailed system performance requirements, and procedures to verify how a system performs.
Federal Aviation Administration 2. FAA should incorporate these guidelines and the standards being developed into its review process for Airport Improvement Program funding requirements.
Closed - Implemented
FAA issued a policy directive explaining how the airport access control guidelines and standards are to be incorporated into the agency's review process for awarding Airport Improvement Program funds.

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