1-Oct-2013 9:03 AM

DOT: 15,514 FAA staff to be furloughed in event of government shutdown

US Department of Transportation (DoT) released (27-Sep-2013) a report into the effect of a US federal government shutdown, with the following highlights:

  • 15,514 FAA staff would be furloughed, with 30,556 staff to remain at work. This figure includes 2490 staff from the Office of Aviation Safety who initially be furloughed by would be recalled incrementally over a two week period;
  • Unused liquidating cash for the FAA's airport improvement programme (AIP) as at 20-Sep-2013 USD1.827 billion;
  • Summary of suspended activities:
    • Development of new air traffic control specialists not certified to work a position;
    • Aviation rulemaking;
    • Facility security inspections, evaluations, audits and inspections;
    • Routine personnel security background investigations;
    • Development, operational testing, and evaluation of NextGen technologies;
    • Development of NextGen safety standards;
    • Air traffic performance analysis;
    • Capital planning for FAA facilities and equipment;
    • Investment planning and financial analysis;
    • Dispute resolution;
    • Audit and evaluation;
    • Financial operations, controls, reporting and accountability;
    • Most budgeting functions (except those necessary to provide necessary services to offices funded with multi-year
      appropriations and contract authority);
    • Law enforcement assistance support. [more - original PR]

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