Air Traffic Control: Faa's Modernization Investment Management Approach Could Be Strengthened

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Gerald L. Dillingham
DIANE Publishing, Aug 1, 1999 - Transportation - 53 pages
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Addresses the extent to which the Federal Aviation Admin. (FAA) Acquisition Mgmt. System provides a comprehensive approach for managing the agency's investments in air traffic control information technology. FAA plans to spend billions of dollars to replace data-processing, navigation, communications, & other systems under its air traffic control modernization program but has a history of poor performance in delivering systems on time & within budget & performance parameters. The report found that FAA has established a structured approach for managing its modernization investments, but weaknesses in this approach limit its effectiveness.
 

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Page 10 - We provided copies of a draft of this report to the Department of Transportation for its review and comment.
Page 1 - The Honorable James L. Oberstar Ranking Democratic Member Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure House of Representatives The Honorable John J. Duncan, Jr. Chairman The Honorable William O. Lipinski Ranking Democratic Member Subcommittee on Aviation Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure House of Representatives...
Page 19 - ... Budget Office for inclusion into its budget execution process. According to INS officials, new proposals are considered for funding only after ongoing projects have been funded. Framework for Assessing Agencies' Investment Management IT Several recent management reforms — including the revision to the Paperwork Reduction Act and the passage of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996, the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, and the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 — have introduced requirements...
Page 15 - FAA's modernization projects have experienced substantial cost overruns, lengthy schedule delays, and significant performance shortfalls. To illustrate, the centerpiece of that modernization program— the Advanced Automation System (AAS) — was restructured in 1994 after estimated costs to develop the system tripled from $2.5 billion to $7.6 billion and delays in putting significantly less-than-promised system capabilities into operation were expected to run 8 years or more over original...
Page 14 - Terminal radar approach control facilities sequence and separate aircraft as they approach and leave busy airports, beginning about 5 nautical miles and ending about 50 nautical miles from the airport and generally up to 10,000 feet above the ground.
Page 14 - Terminal radar approach control (TRACON) facilities sequence and separate aircraft as they approach and leave airports, beginning about 5 nautical miles and ending about 50 nautical miles from the airport and generally up to 10,000 feet above the ground. Air route traffic control centers called en route centers, control planes in transit and during approaches to some airports. The airspace that most en route centers control extends above 18,000 feet for commercial aircraft...
Page 14 - Most of the en route centers' controlled airspace extends above 18,000 feet for commercial aircraft. En route centers also handle lower altitudes when dealing directly with a tower, or when agreed upon with a TRACON. Two en route centers—Oakland and New York—also control aircraft over the ocean.
Page 14 - FAA'S air traffic management mission is to promote the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic in the national airspace.
Page 14 - Because of the size, complexity, cost, and problem-plagued past of FAA's modernization programs, we have designated these programs as a high-risk information technology investment since 1995.
Page 44 - We also recommend that the Secretary of Transportation direct the Administrator of FAA to...

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