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Audit Initiated of FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment Program

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The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program determines foreign civil aviation authorities’ (CAAs) compliance with international standards that must be met when another country’s air carriers fly into the United States or codesharewith a U.S. air carrier. FAA has recently made changes to the IASA program, including policy clarifications to promote greater transparency and enhance engagement with CAAs through pre- and post-IASA assessments. However, it remains uncertain how these changes impact the program’s ability to evaluate and monitor foreign CAAs’ policies, systems, and oversight of their carriers. We are initiating this audit to evaluate FAA’s 1) policies and procedures for the IASA program and 2) ability to monitor foreign CAAs for potential safety concerns.