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Perspectives on the Progress and Actions Needed to Address the Next Generation Air Transportation System

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On July 25, the Assistant Inspector General for Aviation and Special Programs testified before the Senate Commerce, Aviation Subcommittee regarding FAA's Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO). Our testimony focused on JPDO's mission and the need for FAA to refine costs, align diverse agency budgets, and set expectations for airspace users. We also identified a range of actions that will help shift JPDO from planning to implementation, including finalizing cost estimates, developing mechanisms for alignment, and conducting targeted human factors research to support anticipated changes safely. Other witnesses testifying were FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, Dr. Lisa Porter, Associate Administrator for Aeronautics, NASA, and Dr. Gerald Dillingham, Director Civil Aviation Issues, GAO.