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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) organizational structure for incorporating human factors into aviation-related research.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Transportation 1. To reduce the possibility of duplication and maximize the opportunity to leverage resources for research on human factors, the Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to ensure that all units within FAA coordinate their research through the agency's Human Factors Division.
Closed - Implemented
FAA's Human Factors Division has been sending emails twice a month to keep other FAA organizations informed regarding ongoing human factors work. Additionally, on November 17, 1997, the Administrator sent a memorandum to all the associate administrators informing them that they must ensure that each unit within their purview continues its efforts to coordinate information regarding any human factors endeavors with the Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Human Factors.

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