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Audit Initiated of FAA’s Oversight of the Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program

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The Office of Inspector General plans to initiate an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of the Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program (VDRP).  We are conducting our review in accordance with a provision in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.  Established in 2006, FAA’s VDRP allows air carriers to voluntarily report adverse safety issues to FAA without fear of enforcement actions.  Our objectives will be to determine whether FAA:  (1) ensures that air carrier disclosure reports meet FAA requirements prior to acceptance into the Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program; and (2) evaluates the effectiveness of air carrier corrective actions prior to closing the reports.