Oversight of Airport Improvement Program Hurricane Grants   [open pdf - 194KB]

"This report presents the results of our review of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of funds provided to airports to repair damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. FAA funds capital improvements for airports through its Airport Improvement Program (AIP). As part of this program, FAA maintains discretionary grant funds1 that can be used to help airport operators fund projects, such as runway and taxiway construction and rehabilitation, land acquisition, and airfield lighting and signage. AIP discretionary funds generally cannot be used for construction of terminals or hangars or to fund non-aviation development, such as parking lots and retail space. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast in August and September of 2005, FAA moved quickly to provide airport grantees with discretionary funding remaining from its 2005 budget to help them resume normal operations as soon as possible. Unlike the Highway Trust Fund, the Airport and Airway Trust Fund did not have a separate relief fund to use for emergency repairs."

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