Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: GAO

GAO Weighs In On Air Traffic Control Reform

At the request of House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee’s ranking member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Aviation Subcommittee’s ranking member Rick Larsen (D-WA), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report last week exploring the potential implications of a restructured governance and funding structure for air traffic control (ATC) provision.

Recent GAO Study Examines Bike/Ped Fatalities

January 21, 2016 – In November 2015 the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report exploring pedestrian and cyclist fatalities, and the current obstacles to implementing measures to help reduce those fatalities.

GAO Analyzes Amtrak’s “Business Line Model” Restructuring Efforts

January 8, 2016 – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report this week exploring Amtrak’s efforts in addressing the planning, funding, and performance of their services, which was required under the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA). To address these requirements, Amtrak underwent a company-wide reorganization. GAO found that while there was a well-constructed framework for the proposed initiatives, the reorganization suffered from lack of prioritization for implementing the new strategic management system across remaining lines of business and departments.

Recent Reports and Audits

December 9, 2015 – Three new GAO reports shed light on issues relating to bridges, shipbuilding, and air traffic control funding.

GAO Report Breaks Down FHWA Spending By Improvement Type

November 10, 2014 – Data underlying a recent GAO study reveals that in FY 2013, of the $41 billion in contract authority obligated by FHWA, ust under 6 percent of that $41 billion went to building new highways or bridges. Another 15 percent went to adding new capacity (usually, but not always, new lanes) to existing highways and bridges. 40 percent of the budget went to some kind of maintenance, rehab or refit of existing roads and bridges. Another 19 percent goes to engineering, right-of-way acquisition, planning and utilities, which are an integral part of all projects, but the way FHWA codes its expenses does not differentiate between planning/engineering/etc.

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