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Audit Initiated of FAA’s Oversight of Resiliency Planning in Airport Infrastructure Grant Projects

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Extreme weather events and climate change effects can cause major disruptions to airport infrastructure. In November 2021, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) authorizing $15 billion to the Federal Aviation Administration for the Airport Infrastructure Grant (AIG) program. Also, in November 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14052, which established priorities for agencies implementing IIJA and required them to prioritize resilient infrastructure projects that help combat climate change. Given Congress’ and the Administration’s emphasis on IIJA funding oversight and aviation infrastructure resiliency, we are initiating this audit to assess FAA’s plans for incorporating resiliency into AIG project selection.