New Audit Announcements
Audit Initiated of FAA’s Implementation of the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) System
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is charged with safely overseeing the busiest and most complex air transportation system in the world. To enhance safety, FAA and the aviation industry are focused on using data to proactively detect risks and implement mitigation strategies before accidents or serious incidents occur. In 2007, FAA and industry partnered with the MITRE Corporation to develop the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) system to promote an open exchange of safety information. In 2013, we reported that FAA had made progress with implementing ASIAS, but the system lacked advanced analytical capabilities, and aviation safety inspectors’ access to ASIAS confidential data remained limited. The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 directed us to perform a follow-up review of FAA’s ASIAS program to assess the Agency’s efforts and plans to improve the system and provide better data access. Accordingly, our objectives will be to assess FAA’s (1) progress with implementing ASIAS and plans to improve the system, including its predictive capabilities, and (2) efforts to more widely disseminate results of ASIAS data analyses.