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Audit Initiated of FAA Acquisition Compliance With Domestic Content Laws

Directed in the Senate Appropriations Committee Reports on the Department of Transportation’s Fiscal Year 2017 and 2018 Appropriations
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In fiscal year 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) purchased over $1 billion in manufactured goods and equipment. When acquiring manufactured goods and equipment, steel, supplies, and construction in the United States, FAA is subject to domestic content laws, including the Buy American Act (Act) and FAA-specific Buy American provisions. Senate Appropriations Committee reports, on the Department of Transportation’s fiscal year 2017 and 2018 appropriation bills, expressed concern that congressionally mandated Department of Defense audits revealed a high level of non-compliance with Act provisions. Noting the impact that manufacturing has on our economy, the Committee directed our office to conduct an audit of FAA’s compliance with the Act. Accordingly, we are initiating this audit to address the Committee’s concerns. Our objective is to assess FAA’s policies and procedures for awarding and administering contracts in accordance with domestic content laws.