Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) Office

The ODA office oversees and ensures consistency of the FAA’s oversight program for companies that issue certificates and conduct certain inspections on behalf of the agency. It also establishes standardization and consistency in how the FAA appoints, uses and oversees ODAs. Additionally, the ODA office brings enterprise focus and support to the FAA’s ODA program and drives performance improvements.

ODA Office Updates

The FAA established the ODA office in 2019, which was required by the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 and is part of the FAA's ODA program.

The FAA realigned the ODA office in April 2021 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 response to the Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act, Pub. L. 116‐260, Div. V, Section 103, the FAA appointed a panel of experts in January 2023 to review Boeing’s safety management processes and how they relate to Boeing’s safety culture. Individuals from NASA, the FAA, labor unions, independent engineering experts, air carriers, manufacturers with delegated authority, legal experts, and others make up the panel.

Contact Us

Email: 9‐AVS‐ODA‐Office@faa.gov

Informational Links

49 U.S. Code § 44736 ‐ Organization Designation Authorizations
Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act (ACSAA)
Designees and Delegations
Designee Management System (DMS)
FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018
ODA Office Organizational Structure
ODA for Transport Airplanes Expert Review Panel

Last updated: Tuesday, February 27, 2024