Category Archives: Transportation

GAO Reports by the Numbers: Physical Infrastructure

From transportation and telecommunications to federal assets and the Postal Service, our Physical Infrastructure team reports on topics that impact the way we travel, communicate, and conduct business.

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How Is TSA Ensuring Flights from Cuba Are Secure?

It wasn’t long ago that the only way to fly to Cuba from the United States was via a private plane or a chartered flight. However, in August 2016, the first scheduled commercial flight in over 50 years made the … Continue reading

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Roads on Tribal Lands

Roads connect people to education, employment, health care, and other essential services. Roads are especially important on tribal lands because of the remote location of some tribes. But these roads are often unpaved and may not be well maintained, such … Continue reading

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Drone Safety (video podcast)

Over a million Americans flew drones in 2017 for recreational or commercial purposes, and the Federal Aviation Administration expects that number to more than double over the next 5 years. Drones can pose a number of safety risks—like potential crashes … Continue reading

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911 – What Is Your Emergency?

Each year, Americans make approximately 240 million calls to 911—of those, 80% are from wireless devices. The existing 911 system, however, relies on aging infrastructure that is not designed to accommodate modern communications technologies. As a result, states and localities … Continue reading

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Navigating Auto Recalls

Is your car one of the over 50 million affected by safety recalls in 2016? How would you know? In December 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  began consolidating its various websites (including safercar.gov) into NHTSA.gov to provide a … Continue reading

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How Much Is That Doggie in the Cabin?

If you’re one of the millions flying this holiday season, you may be wondering whether you’ll have to pay fees for services that aren’t included in your ticket price. Want to bring Fido? There’s a fee for that. Want to … Continue reading

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Abandoned Boats! Who Responds to Abandoned and Derelict Boats and other Vessels?

Abandoned and derelict recreational boats, fishing boats, and barges can block U.S. waterways and pose threats to the environment and public health—as fuel and hazardous material can leak into the water when these boats and other types of vessels deteriorate. … Continue reading

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The Surge Sealift Fleet—Shipping Military Supplies For Any Major Event

More than 90% of military equipment, supplies, and fuel travels by sea. When the military deploys anywhere, the demand for naval transportation grows. Additional shipping capacity must be ready to assist in any major event, ranging from a natural disaster … Continue reading

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GAO Nerds Out for Comic-Con

Is it any surprise that GAO auditors know some things about Comic-Con? (It shouldn’t be.) To mark the start of this annual convention, here’s a look at some of our work through the lens of superheroes, adventurers, and other Comic-Con … Continue reading

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