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The GAO recommends that the FAA conduct a risk assessment and train inspectors to judge the security of avionics systems. It said the FAA should enact guidance that includes independent testing of cybersecurity on new plane designs.

The GAO report focused on the vulnerability of systems on planes that automatically transmit data to air traffic controllers, airline maintenance crews and others on the ground. Advanced networks carry data used to track planes, tell pilots about weather ahead, and handle secure communication between pilots and people on the ground.

The FAA said it agreed with most of the watchdog agency’s recommendations.

Malls to see fewer shoppers this holiday

For most Americans, this holiday shopping season won’t include one longtime staple: the mall.

Just 45 percent of U.S. consumers plan to go to a shopping mall this season, down from 64 percent who visited in November and December 2019, according to an

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U.S. GAO – Technology & Science

May 4, 2020 | technology | No Comments


GAO provides Congress with thorough and balanced analysis of technological and scientific developments that affect our society, environment, and economy. To enhance our ability to do this, we established the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team in January 2019. Our new team will expand our support to Congress by:

  • Conducting technology assessments and providing technical services
  • Auditing science and technology programs and initiatives to assist in oversight of federal investments in research, development, and advanced manufacturing
  • Compiling and utilizing best practices in engineering sciences, including cost, schedule, and technology readiness assessments
  • Establishing an audit innovation lab to explore, pilot, and deploy new advanced analytic capabilities, conduct research in information assurance, and explore emerging technologies that will impact future audit practices

For a more detailed look at the new team, see the plan and timeline sent to Congress (PDF, 32 pages). This document summarizes relevant trends, explains the new team’s structure,

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