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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Additional Actions Needed to Strengthen Grants Management
GAO-12-158: Published: Dec 13, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2011.
Prior to fiscal year 2010, FMCSAs internal controls over management of all of its grant awards were weak, which increased the risk that FMCSA awarded grants that violated laws or FMCSA policies. Internal controls like those related to workforce training and policies and procedures can help provide assurance that operations, including grants management, are efficient and transactions comply w...
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program: Assessing Use of Proxy Data Would Enhance Ability to Know If States Are Meeting Their Goals
GAO-12-78: Published: Oct 13, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2011.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program aims to increase the participation of small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals--known as DBEs--in highway contracting. In 2009, U.S. DOT awarded, through state and local governments, about $4 billion to DBEs nationwide. State DOTs are required to establi...
Fiscal Year 2011 Agreed-Upon Procedures for Excise Tax Distributions to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund
GAO-12-140R: Published: Nov 3, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 2011.
As requested, this correspondence discusses our findings on whether the net excise tax revenue distributed to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011, is supported by the underlying records. The Department of Transportation's Inspector General is responsible for the adequacy of these agreed-upon procedures to meet the inspector's objectives, and we mak...
Airline Passenger Protections: More Data and Analysis Needed to Understand Effects of Flight Delays
GAO-11-733: Published: Sep 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2011.
Flight delays and cancellations are disruptive and costly for passengers, airlines, and the economy. Long tarmac delays have created hardships for some passengers. To enhance passenger protections in the event of flight disruptions, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently introduced passenger protection regulations, including a rule that took effect in April 2010 designed to prevent t...
Recovery Act: Use of Transportation Funds, Outcomes, and Lessons Learned
GAO-11-610T: Published: May 4, 2011. Publicly Released: May 4, 2011.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) provided more than $48 billion to the Department of Transportation (DOT) to be distributed through existing programs and through two new competitive grant programs--high speed intercity passenger rail and the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. As requested, this testimony addresses the (1) status...
Surface Transportation: Competitive Grant Programs Could Benefit from Increased Performance Focus and Better Documentation of Key Decisions
GAO-11-234: Published: Mar 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2011.
In February 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) appropriated $1.5 billion for discretionary grants for capital investments in surface transportation projects of national and regional significance, including highways, transit, rail, ports, and others. The act required the Department of Transportation (DOT) to develop criteria to award these grants--known as the Transport...
Intercity Passenger and Freight Rail: Better Data and Communication of Uncertainties Can Help Decision Makers Understand Benefits and Trade-offs of Programs and Policies
GAO-11-290: Published: Feb 24, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2011.
Concerns about the weak economy, congestion in the transportation system, and the potentially harmful effects of air emissions generated by the transportation sector have raised awareness of the potential benefits and costs of intercity passenger and freight rail relative to other transportation modes such as highways. GAO was asked to review (1) the extent to which transportation policy tools tha...
Rail Transit: FTA Programs Are Helping Address Transit Agencies' Safety Challenges, but Improved Performance Goals and Measures Could Better Focus Efforts
GAO-11-199: Published: Jan 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2011.
Although transit service is generally safe, recent high-profile accidents on several large rail transit systems--notably the June 2009 collision in Washington, D.C., that resulted in nine fatalities and 52 injuries--have raised concerns. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) oversees state agencies that directly oversee rail transit agencies' safety practices. FTA also provides assistance to tr...
Rail Safety: Federal Railroad Administration Should Report on Risks to the Successful Implementation of Mandated Safety Technology
GAO-11-133: Published: Dec 15, 2010. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 2011.
Positive train control (PTC) is a communications-based train control system designed to prevent some serious train accidents. Federal law requires passenger and major freight railroads to install PTC on most major routes by the end of 2015. Railroads must address other risks by implementing other technologies. The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) oversees...
Statewide Transportation Planning: Surveys of State Departments of Transportation and Regional Planning and Development Organizations (GAO-11-78SP, December 2010), an E-supplement to GAO-11-77
GAO-11-78SP: Published: Dec 15, 2010. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2010.
This e-publication supplements our report, "Statewide Transportation Planning: Opportunities Exist to Transition to Performance-Based Planning and Federal Oversight" (GAO-11-77). The purpose of this e-publication is to provide information from two Web-based surveys: a survey of transportation planning activities of state departments of transportation (state DOT) and a survey of transportation plan...