Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) Office

The FAA established the Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) Office to oversee and ensure consistency of the FAA’s oversight program for companies that issue certificates and conduct certain inspections on behalf of the agency.

The office will establish standardization and consistency in how the FAA appoints, uses and oversees ODAs, as well as drive performance improvements. It was required by the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 and is part of the FAA's Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) program.

ODA Office Updates

The FAA established the ODA Office in 2019.

In April 2021, the FAA realigned the ODA Office to report directly to the Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety. This reporting structure reflects the FAA's priority to oversee, standardize and ensure consistency in the ODA Office's activities.

In January 2023, the FAA appointed a panel of experts to review Boeing’s safety management processes and how they relate to Boeing’s safety culture. Individuals from NASA, FAA, labor unions, independent engineering experts, air carriers, manufacturers with delegated authority, legal experts and others make up the panel.