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Audit Initiated to Follow-up on FAA's ATCOTS Contract Challenges

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At the request of Senator Claire McCaskill, Chairwoman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, the Office of Inspector General plans to conduct a follow-up review of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Air Traffic Control Optimum Training Solution (ATCOTS) contract.  In 2008, FAA awarded the $859-million ATCOTS contract intended to provide up to 10 years of controller training support and to assist in modernizing the training program. On September 30, 2010, we reported that the ATCOTS contract faces challenges, including a $46 million cost overrun for the first 2 years of the contract, without delivering training innovations. The objectives for our follow-up audit are to determine whether FAA: (1) has implemented changes to improve program and contract oversight; (2) established effective performance measures to support ATCOTS training goals; and (3) can achieve ATCOTS training goals under the current contract.