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Aviation Security: Implementation of Recommendations Is Under Way, but Completion Will Take Several Years

RCED-98-102 Published: Apr 24, 1998. Publicly Released: May 04, 1998.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the tracking, monitoring, and coordinating activities undertaken by the agencies responsible for implementing recommendations made by the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security and on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) progress in implementing eight of these recommendations, focusing on: (1) how federal agencies responsible for implementing aviation security recommendations track, monitor, and coordinate their activities; (2) the progress that FAA has made in implementing three of the Commission's aviation security recommendations that were scheduled to be completed in fiscal year (FY) 1997 and whether all implementation issues been resolved; and (3) the progress that FAA has made in implementing five recommendations that were both recommended by the Commission and mandated by Congress in 1996, and what major issues need to be addressed before they can be fully implemented.


Matter for Congressional Consideration

Matter Status Comments
To have relevant information for budgetary and programmatic oversight, Congress may wish to require the Secretary of Transportation to provide it with an annual report that combines both the federal agencies' progress in implementing the Commission's recommendations, as contained in the Secretary of Transportation's annual report, and FAA's progress in implementing the Reauthorization Act's aviation security mandates.
Closed – Not Implemented
Our report was issued over 2 years ago, and the Congress has not taken action to require FAA to provide an annual report on FAA's progress in implementing the aviation security recommendations made by the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security and the aviation security mandates contained in the Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 1996.

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