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Audit Initiated of FAA’s Award Practices for Major Acquisition Program Contracts

Requested by Representative Bill Shuster, then Chairman, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Project ID: 
19Z3001Z000

To operate, maintain, and modernize the National Airspace System (NAS), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) relies on an expansive portfolio of capital assets in excess of $10 billion. As of December 2018, the contracts associated with FAA’s FY 2017 major acquisition programs represented over $8 billion in obligations. Citing concerns raised about the Agency’s acquisition program and processes over the years, Representative Bill Shuster, then Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, requested this review. Specifically, he asked us to focus on FAA’s competitive award practices for its Next Generation Air Transportation System and air traffic control equipment and service contracts, as well as its safeguards against conflicts of interest in the contracting process. Accordingly, our audit objectives are to assess FAA’s (1) competitive award practices for its major acquisition program contracts and (2) safeguards against conflicts of interests on the part of FAA officials involved in the award process.