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According to a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General (IG) report, the FAA must get a better handle on reducing training times for its new air traffic controller workforce.

Thousands of new controllers are needed over the next several years, and the report notes that the FAA is facing a challenge in getting new controllers trained and on the job as the agency gears up to hire more than 11,000 new controllers through fiscal 2012. The average time to train a controller rose 41 percent between fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2012 according to the IG.

The IG called out the FAA for failing to implement any of the recommendations on controller training issued by an independent review panel two years ago and has proposed five steps the agency could take, most related to developing policy and data capture. The IG has also questioned in a separate report whether the agency's efforts to fix its air traffic controller scheduling policies after several incidents of controllers sleeping on the job had actually helped reduce fatigue.

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