New Audit Announcements
Audit Initiated of FAA's Efforts To Address Runway Incursions
The Office of Inspector General plans to initiate an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) efforts to reduce runway incursions (i.e., potential ground collisions between aircraft or vehicles operating on a runway). The number of reported serious runway incursions increased substantially from fiscal year 2010 to fiscal year 2012, from 6 to 18. Additionally, the total number of all runway incursions increased 21 percent between fiscal years 2011 and 2012, from 954 to 1,150. Since our last review of this program in July 2010, FAA has reorganized its Runway Safety Office and changed the way that the Agency reports and evaluates runway incursions. Accordingly, our objectives are to evaluate FAA’s (1) progress in implementing initiatives to prevent runway incursions, and (2) effectiveness in reporting and evaluating runway incursions.