Editor's Log

September 2011 Issue

Taking Hostages

It’s been almost four years since the FAA has been able to engage in the kind of long-range planning most other federal agencies enjoy. That’s because the most-recent multi-year legislation authorizing its activities expired in 2007, forcing the agency into a situation where it’s been subject to a series of short-term extensions—21 of them so far, as of this writing—to continue operating. Most recently, the agency’s offices and employees tasked with airport construction, facilities modernization, and research and development, were forced to shut down when Congress failed to renew the latest extension.

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