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GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to improve its oversight of foreign civil aviation safety programs and individual carriers flying into the United States. GAO noted that: (1) although FAA has taken steps to improve its oversight of foreign civil aviation safety programs and carriers, more actions are needed; (2) FAA has assessed the oversight capabilities of 30 foreign civil aviation authorities and the Department of Transportation (DOT) has publicly announced the results of these assessments; (3) FAA is working with foreign aviation authorities to improve their safety oversight programs and increasing the frequency of its inspections of carriers with known safety deficiencies; (4) FAA and the State Department have improved procedures for tracking enforcement cases referred to foreign governments for action; and (5) FAA needs to perform more comprehensive inspections of foreign carriers that have safety problems, inspect U.S.-registered, foreign-operated aircraft before they return to service in the United States, and follow up on safety enforcement actions.

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