Inspector General plans follow-up review of FAA’s oversight of foreign and domestic repair stations

The U.S. Office of Inspector General (OIG)plans to conduct a follow-up review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) oversight of repair stations.

In recent years, major U.S. airlines have steadily increased their use of contract repair stations to perform aircraft maintenance.  Since 2003, the Office of Inspector General has reported on the need for FAA to strengthen its oversight to ensure that contract repairs meet FAA standards.

This review is being conducted at the request of Representative Jerry F. Costello, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Aviation.

The audit objectives are to:

  1. examine changes FAA has made to its repair station oversight;
  2. assess the effectiveness of these changes in bolstering FAA’s oversight of both domestic and foreign repair stations; and
  3. identify any additional challenges to effective oversight that FAA still needs to address.
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