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FAA's FY 2008 Budget Request: Key Issues Facing the Agency

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On May 10, the Inspector General testified regarding FAA's FY '08 budget request before the Senate Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee. The Inspector General testified that, regardless of the funding mechanism ultimately decided upon by the Congress, several issues require FAA's attention and will shape the Agency's funding requirements over the next several years. These include: (1) keeping existing modernization efforts on track and reducing risks with NextGen; (2) addressing attrition in FAA's controller and inspector workforces; (3) determining the appropriate amount of airport funding; and (4) acquisition and contracting issues.