"We [Office of Inspector General] have identified the Department of Transportation's (DOT) top management challenges for fiscal year 2010. The Nation's economy and the quality of life for all Americans rely heavily on a safe and vital transportation system. The Department spends about $70 billion annually on a wide range of programs and initiatives to meet this objective, and we continue to support its efforts through our audits and investigations.[…] Several criteria were considered in identifying the following ten challenges, including their impact on safety, documented vulnerabilities, large dollar implications, and the ability of the Department to effect change in these areas: 1) Maximizing the Department's Economic Recovery Investments 2) Enhancing Surface Safety Programs to Reduce Injuries and Fatalities While Defining a New Federal Role in Transit Safety 3) Maximizing Federal Surface Infrastructure Investments by Helping States Better Allocate Resources and Providing Effective Oversight 4) Addressing Human Factors and Strengthening the Regulatory and Oversight Framework for Aviation Safety 5) Moving Toward the Next Generation Air Transportation System and Improving Performance of the National Airspace System 6) Improving Contract Management and Oversight 7) Enhancing the Ability to Combat Cyber Attacks and Improving the Governance of Information Technology Resources 8) Developing a Funding Framework for the Next Surface Transportation Reauthorization 9) Strengthening the Department's Acquisition Workforce 10) Successfully Implementing the Newly Created Multi-Billion Dollar High- Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program".
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