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Audit Initiated of OST’s Compliance With Federal Policies and Procedures for Executive Travel on DOT Aircraft

Requested by Senator Marco Rubio
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The Department of Transportation (DOT) has a fleet of aircraft that are operated and maintained by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) personnel. FAA uses these aircraft to perform multiple missions, including transportation for DOT and FAA senior executives. The Office of Management and Budget’s guidance to executive department heads allows executives to travel on Government aircraft but with restrictions. Senator Marco Rubio requested that our office determine whether the Secretary of Transportation’s use of DOT aircraft for domestic and international travel complied with all applicable Federal regulations and DOT policies and procedures. Accordingly, our audit objective will be to determine whether the Office of the Secretary of Transportation complied with Federal regulations, policies, and procedures regarding executive travel on DOT aircraft. We will focus on official trips taken since January 31, 2017.