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U.S. starts audit of FAA’s oversight of air carrier maintenance programs
2 June 2017

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation began an audit of the FAA’s oversight of air carrier maintenance programs.

In 2016, the Ranking Members of the United States House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Subcommittee on Aviation requested that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) review the overall effectiveness of FAA’s oversight of air carrier maintenance programs.
The Congressmen questioned whether FAA demonstrates a sustained ability in its oversight role to account for mergers, rapid expansion, cost cutting, and other factors that could affect air carriers’ decisions about maintenance. They were particularly concerned about whether corrective actions taken by air carriers actually address root causes of maintenance lapses.

The OIG’s objectives for the audit are to assess (1) FAA’s oversight of air carrier maintenance programs and (2) whether FAA considers factors such as mergers, rapid expansion, or cost-cutting initiatives when adjusting its oversight of air carrier maintenance programs.

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