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Letter to Chairman Oberstar regarding a follow-up review of staffing at FAA control towers

In December 2006, staff from Chairman Oberstar's office requested that we perform a follow-up review to determine if FAA facilities are complying with FAA's new, written policy for staffing on midnight shifts. Overall, we found that facilities are complying with FAA's new policy. Our sample of 45 days of staffing data at each of the 15 statistically selected locations found that at least 2 controllers were scheduled on all midnight shifts at those locations and that controllers were not combining positions for extended periods of time. In addition, we found that FAA is taking actions to address the recommendation from our March 2007 report to develop and implement appropriate procedures to ensure that facilities are complying with the new policy.