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Audit Initiated of FAA's Oversight of the Organization Designation Authorization Program

Requested by Representative Peter DeFazio
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The Office of Inspector General plans to initiate an audit on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) oversight of the Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) program. We are conducting this review at the request of Representative Peter DeFazio. Recognizing that it is not possible for FAA employees to oversee every facet of the aviation industry, public law allows FAA to delegate certain functions, such as approving new aircraft designs and certifying aircraft components, to private individuals or organizations through its ODA program. However, it is critical that FAA have the resources in place to effectively oversee this important program. Accordingly, our audit objectives will be to assess FAA’s: (1) process for determining staffing levels needed to conduct ODA oversight, and (2) oversight of delegated organizations’ program controls.