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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF U.S. SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL (MO.)

TODAY: McCaskill to Lead Senate Hearing on Air Traffic Controllers Training Contract

Senator examines mismanagement and cost overruns in FAA training program

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial & Contracting Oversight, will lead a Senate hearing today to examine mismanagement and program failures in an $859 million contract to train air traffic controllers.

The hearing will focus on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) management of the Air Traffic Controller Optimum Training Solution (ATCOTS) program and contract. The ATCOTS program is a key component of training for air traffic controllers across the country, and is critical to maintaining air traffic safety for fliers nationwide.

McCaskill will chair the hearing focused on examining the FAA’s management of air traffic controller training contracts today at 2:30 p.m. ET. The hearing will be streamed online, HERE.

In September 2010, the Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General published a report that found significant problems associated with the contract for the ATCOTS program, including significant cost overruns, poor procurement practices, and a lack of oversight. In 2011, McCaskill requested that the Inspector General conduct a follow-up review of the ATCOTS program to determine whether FAA had made any improvements in management of the contract. The latest Inspector General report found that little improvement has been made and that the FAA has failed to achieve critical goals.

The FAA is now considering plans to recompete the ATCOTS contract in the fall of 2014 without having adequately addressed the deficiencies in management and oversight which led directly to the problems with the original contract.

Read more about McCaskill's fight for stronger accountability in Washington, HERE.

Subcommittee on Financial & Contracting Oversight Hearing

Today, Tuesday, January 14

2:30 p.m. ET

Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-342

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