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Audit Initiated of FAA's SE2020 Program Task Order Award and Oversight

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The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is a multibillion-dollar program intended to modernize our Nation’s aging air traffic system. To support NextGen and other aviation activities, FAA awarded seven contracts in a portfolio entitled the Systems Engineering 2020 (SE2020) portfolio. SE2020—one of the largest contract portfolios that FAA has ever awarded—has an  award baseline total of $1.1 billion.

In 2012, we reviewed FAA’s initial award of the SE2020 contracts and reported that FAA’s contracting practices were insufficient to effectively manage them. Due to the concerns we identified in that review, the importance of SE2020 to NextGen’s success, and the significant funding involved, we are initiating an audit focused on FAA’s award and oversight of the SE2020 portfolio. Our audit objective is to assess FAA’s actions for awarding SE2020 task orders and its oversight of task order execution.