US Government Accountability Office General Counsel Gary Kepplinger told Congress yesterday that he has concluded "that FAA may not auction [airport] slots under its property disposition authority, user fee authority, or any other authority, and thus also may not retain or use proceeds of any such auctions." His opinion was sought by US lawmakers after the Dept. of Transportation and FAA announced a planned slot auction at Newark that is on hold (ATWOnline, Aug. 29). Air Transport Assn. ...

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