Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal
Aviation Administration's (FAA) process for certifying designs of
transport aircraft to meet safety standards, focusing on whether
FAA staff are: (1) effectively involved in the certification
process; and (2) competent in assessing the latest technologies.
GAO found that: (1) FAA ability to evaluate and certify new
aircraft technologies is questionable because, in response to an
escalating workload, FAA has increasingly relied on manufacturers
for safety certification; (2) FAA has not clearly defined staff
responsibilities or performance standards to ensure that staff are
effectively involved in the certification process; (3) aircraft
manufacturers' technical expertise and commitment to safety have
kept the number of design-related safety problems to a minimum; (4)
FAA efforts to increase its technical expertise and build an
in-house team of experts to oversee the certification process may
be flawed because FAA has not defined when these experts are to be
involved in the certification process; (5) although FAA has
previously identified and attempted to address its certification
staff training deficiencies, inadequacies remain because training
programs do not develop staff members' competence in specific
fields and the availability of technical courses remains limited;
and (6) FAA plans to improve training and staff retention include
new technical certification training programs and plans to create
technical career paths for certification engineers; however, these
programs may not be adequate to overcome current training and staff
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