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FAA's Fiscal Year 2003 Budget Request

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The Inspector General testified before the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee regarding FAA’s FY 2003 budget request. His testimony focused on:

  • Finance. FAA will require a substantially larger contribution from the General Fund than it has in the past 5 years, due largely to growth in its operating costs and reductions in Aviation Trust Fund revenues.

  • Safety. Despite progress, the number of runway incursions is still too high, and operational errors made by controllers reached a record high of almost 1,200 incidents in FY 2001. Two audits of aviation safety inspection programs found FAA is not ensuring that airlines monitor their own maintenance programs, and has not finished implementing its new Air Transportation Oversight System.

  • Airport Improvements. New security requirements could severely stress plans for using airport funds to make improvements.

  • Facilities and Equipment. FAA needs better controls to ensure that multibillion-dollar modernization projects remain on schedule and within budget.