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ATTACHMENT 27

1.  INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this document is to provide detailed procedures for the Outsource Oversight Prioritization Tool (OPT).  This tool is part of the Enhanced Repair Station and Air Carrier Oversight System.

The OPT is used for air carrier outsource surveillance planning.  It allows for prioritization among outsource maintenance providers and is recommended to be utilized during the surveillance planning cycle.  This tool will assist the principal inspector (PI), other assigned inspectors, supervisors, and managers in identifying areas of concern or criticality about outsource providers and target resources towards the highest risk outsource maintenance providers.

1.1. Outsourcing Oversight Surveillance Process Description

This System Safety based approach identifies specific procedures that enhance air carrier outsourcing oversight.  This system is comprised of the current tools available to the air carrier certificate management offices and a new OPT.

The overall air carrier outsourcing prioritization process involves the following steps, which is also depicted in a flowchart below:

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Data packages will be generated utilizing current sources for the desired maintenance providers.  This includes the results of the Repair Station Assessment Tool (RSAT) and 3650/5650 for each of the desired vendors.  This data is reviewed by the PI prior to completing the OPT.

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The OPT is completed for all desired maintenance providers, taking into consideration step 1, expertise of PI and system design, which includes operating environment, configuration and design of the air carrier and repair station.

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The completed OPT will enable certificate management offices to prioritize outsource surveillance, enabling the FAA to target resources to providers of highest risk.

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During the next 12 months, the surveillance programs are completed and this data is fed back into the system.

The next subsections provide further detail for steps 1 to 3 of the above.

1. Repair Station Data Package

2. Outsource Oversight Prioritization Tool

3. Prioritized Outsource Oversight

Figure 1.  Outsource Oversight System

1.1.1. Repair Station Data Package

This package is accessible to all inspectors via Safety Performance Analysis System (SPAS).  This data package provides an analytical review of a repair station.  This report contains data

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