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Federal Aviation Administration : challenges in modernizing the agency
  • Published Date:
    2000-02-01
  • Language:
    English
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  • Publication/ Report Number:
    GAO/T-RCED/AIMD-00-87
  • Resource Type:
  • Geographical Coverage:
  • TRIS Online Accession Number:
    792173
  • NTL Classification:
    NTL-AVIATION-AVIATION ; NTL-AVIATION-Air Traffic Control ; NTL-LAWS AND REGULATIONS-Aviation Laws and Regulations
  • Format:
  • Abstract:
    FAA's efforts to implement initiatives in five key areas-air traffic control modernization, procurement and personnel reform, aviation safety, aviation and computer security, and financial management-have met with limited success. For example, FAA has established an acquisition management system to reduce the time and cost of fielding new products and services. However, in many of the five areas, FAA has frequently not developed comprehensive plans, thus underestimating the complexity involved in developing new systems, and has often not adequately overseen the development and implementation of these systems. As a result, although progress has been made in each of these areas, cost overruns, delays, and/or performance shortfalls have occurred. The proposals to restructure FAA, although significantly different from one another, have a common objective-the more efficient and effective modernization of the air traffic control system. These proposals include creating a government-owned or private corporation or emphasizing performance for air traffic control through a new performance-based structure within FAA. In addition, one proposal would establish FAA as an independent agency to better achieve its mission, including its efforts to modernize the air traffic control system. However, to be effective, restructuring will need to address the fundamental problems affecting the modernization of the air traffic control system, such as the lack of a complete systems architecture, a sophisticated process for acquiring software acquisitions, sound financial management practices, and an effective organizational culture.

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