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Many federal agencies like the National Park Service and Federal Aviation Administration rely, in part, on user fees. In FY 2019, federal agencies collected over $100 billion in fees dedicated to specific purposes like park maintenance and airport improvements.
U.S. airports collectively received $14 billion annually (on average) for infrastructure projects between fiscal years 2013-2017.
Their three largest funding sources are:
Funding from federal Airport Improvement Program grants
Revenue from passenger fees
What GAO Found From 2009 through 2013, national system airports had available an average of $10 billion annually for capital development from the following funding sources: airport-generated net income ($3.8 billion), federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants ($3.
What GAO Found Since 2007, economic pressures—including high fuel prices, the financial crisis, and the ensuing recession of 2007–2009—contributed to airline restructuring which has resulted in reductions in the number of commercial flights at airports, especially at medium- and smaller-sized airports....
What GAO FoundThe General Services Administration's (GSA) 218 high-value leases GAO reviewed represented only about 3 percent of the total number of GSA leases, yet made up about one-third of its leased portfolio in terms of cost and size.
What GAO FoundThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made some progress in addressing key challenges as it begins the gradual transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
What GAO FoundGAO identified three basic alternative methods to the current airline ticket-based method for PFC collections. These methods are not mutually exclusive and could be used by either individual airports or a group or airports:1.
What GAO FoundDelivering and demonstrating the Next Generation Air Transportation System's (NextGen) benefits: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must deliver capabilities that provide aircraft operators with a return on their investments in NextGen avionics to convince operators to continue making...
What GAO FoundWhy GAO Did This Study Section 603 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 required us to review, within 180 days of the enactment of the act, the effect of providing a specified alternative to the current air traffic controller training approach.