Chicago’s O’Hare Modernization Program
In response to a request from Representative Henry J. Hyde and former Senator Peter G. Fitzgerald, we examined the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) process for reviewing and approving the City of Chicago’s (City) O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). This report presents the results of our review of FAA’s involvement in the City’s OMP.
Specifically, we focused our review on FAA’s (1) process for reviewing the financial viability of the OMP, and (2) actions to redesign the airspace to accommodate the OMP. We did not assess FAA’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of the OMP during this review, since there is a well-established Federal environmental review process governed by the National Environmental Policy Act and other applicable environmental laws. This review process involves the participation of several Federal agencies, state and local authorities, and the general public.