STARS Audit In Works

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Now that the FAA has finally got its Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) up and running in Philadelphia, the Inspector General's Office wants some reassurance of the system's performance. The Department of Transportation's Inspector General will audit the FAA's terminal automation modernization program, of which the $1 billion STARS program is the key. An interim program called Common Automated Radar Terminal System (Common ARTS) will also be under the microscope. Current plans to install 74 STARS systems through 2005 will be unaffected by the audit, which will see what should be done after that. The audit will look at whether the cost and schedule projections for the modernization program make sense and examine alternatives. The audit begins in a couple of weeks, perhaps marking the beginnings of a fun-filled spring for some FAA brass.