GAO to Investigate Aviation Contractors


USATODAY.com – Officials to probe use of aviation contractors

By Gary Stoller, USA TODAY

The General Accounting Office is launching an investigation into the federal government’s use of thousands of private companies to inspect and certify airlines’ planes and aircraft alterations.

GAO officials say the new probe was triggered by a Feb. 17 USA TODAY article and a letter Friday from Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. He said that the Federal Aviation Administration’s use of private companies has been criticized and that the newspaper story suggested “the aviation industry was supervising itself without adequate controls and oversight by FAA.” (Related story: Doomed plane’s gaming system exposes holes in FAA oversight)

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