DOT FY'04 Budget and Management Challenges
The Inspector General testified before the House Transportation-Treasury Appropriations Subcommittee regarding cost drivers, management challenges, and other appropriations issues for the DOT FY 2004 budget. He said the Department will be strongly challenged to accomplish its missions in an “extremely challenging” budget environment of decreased revenues from the highway and aviation trust funds, increased program needs from all modes, and the challenge to maintain safety in all modes of transportation. This is occurring against the backdrop of three major reauthorizations—the Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR-21), the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), and Amtrak.
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