New Report: FAA Doesn’t Know If It’s Getting What It’s Paying for with Taxpayer Dollars
DOT Inspector General Finds Ineffective FAA Management of Key NextGen Contract
For the second time in just a few weeks, the Department of Transportation Inspector General (IG) issued a critical review of important aspects of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NextGen air traffic control modernization effort.
After recently reporting on the FAA’s unrealistic and overly optimistic business case for NextGen, the IG today released a report on the FAA’s poor management of a cornerstone component of the chronically delayed and over-budget NextGen effort, its ADS-B contract.
The IG found that while the multi-billion dollar ADS-B contract includes provisions and requirements that would enable the FAA to effectively monitor the ADS-B services and products being provided by the contractor, the agency failed to consistently utilize these commonsense tools. This lack of proper contract oversight means that for almost a decade, the FAA has spent taxpayer dollars on a system without even verifying, and in some cases without insisting, that contractual requirements be met.
According to the report: “As a result of these issues, FAA cannot ensure that the millions of dollars in payments it makes to the contractor each month for ADS-B service are reasonable.” This is just one example of poor contract management by the FAA.
Read the IG’s newest report here. The IG’s review was required by law under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
“It’s astonishing that the FAA doesn’t know if it’s getting what it’s paying for with the taxpayers’ money,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA). “How many more examples does Congress need before we recognize that the federal government is incapable of managing a complex, high-tech, multi-year modernization program? Now more than ever, we need to finally pass the broadly supported and bipartisan 21st Century AIRR Act and bring an end to the FAA’s decades of wasteful spending on failed NextGen plans.”
According to the IG report: