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The Federal Aviation Administration established an Inter-Agency Bird Hazard Committee in September 1966 in recognition of the increased hazard of birds to aviation. This inter-agency group was formed to obtain and consolidate informa-tion about the bird-aircraft problem and to develop ways of lessening collisions between birds and aircraft. The committee includes representatives from the Fed-eral Aviation Administration, Civil Aeronautics Board, Department of Health, Edu-cation & Welfare, National Aeronautics & Space Administration, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and the U.S. Navy. The activities of the committee have been limited primarily to an advisory role. It is without authority to establish regulations or to fund research or man-agement measures. Furthermore, unlike the situation in most other countries, the FAA has little authority over the operation of airports (except for Washington National and Dulles). In spite of these limitations, progress has been made by the agency and the committee in a variety of areas.