Aviation Safety: FAA’s Office of Aviation Safety Should Take Additional Actions to Ensure Its Workforce Has Needed Skills

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA's) aviation safety workforce is vital to ensuring that the agency fulfills its mission to provide a safe and efficient national airspace system. With the challenges of a large number of potential retirements on the horizon and the introduction of new aviation technologies, FAA must ensure that safety inspectors and engineers possess skills needed for effective oversight as well as for a variety of highly technical skills in aerospace technology. The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 included a provision for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on the workforce and training needs of the FAA Office of Aviation Safety (AVS). This report addresses, among other things, the extent to which AVS (1) assesses competency gaps in its inspector and engineer workforces and (2) ensures its training program provides these workforces with needed competencies. GAO analyzed AVS’s workforce planning and training documentation, and interviewed officials from AVS and representatives from aviation industry associations and FAA labor groups. GAO is making two recommendations to FAA’s Office of Aviation Safety to assess, on a recurring basis: (1) organization-wide competency gaps for its inspector and engineer workforces and (2) training curricula for these workforces. FAA concurred with the recommendations.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 40p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01759356
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-21-94
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 10 2020 9:38AM