FAA Wildlife Management Program Under Fire

 - August 27, 2012, 3:20 PM

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General (IG) has criticized the FAA for its management of the Wildlife Hazard Mitigation Program, which is designed to reduce aircraft bird strikes.

“The FAA’s oversight and enforcement activities are not sufficient to ensure airports fully adhere to program requirements or effectively implement their wildlife hazard plans,” concludes the August 22 report. “The FAA’s policies and guidance for monitoring, reporting and mitigating wildlife hazards are mostly voluntary, thereby limiting their effectiveness.” The report also cites the FAA for limited and infrequent wildlife mitigation coordination with other government agencies.

The IG makes 10 recommendations to improve the agency’s management and oversight of the program. The agency concurs with six, partially concurs with three, and disagrees with one. The IG has requested more information on or revised responses to five recommendations related particularly to improving the quality and quantity of the agency’s wildlife strike data.