The Nat. Weather Service's (NWS) weather products are a vital component of the FAA¿s air traffic control system. In addition to providing aviation weather products developed at its own facilities, NWS also provides staff onsite at each of FAA's en route centers -- the facilities that control high-altitude flight outside the airport tower. FAA and NWS have been exploring options for enhancing the efficiency of the aviation weather services provided at en route centers. This is a summary of a draft report that: (1) determines the status and plans of efforts to restructure the center weather service units; (2) evaluates efforts to establish a baseline of the current performance provided by these units; and (3) evaluates challenges to restructuring them.
In FY 2008, the FAA plans to spend $2 billion on info. technology (IT) investments -- many of which support FAA¿s air traffic control modernization. To more effectively manage such investments, in 2005 the Office of Mgmt. and Budget required agencies to use earned value mgmt. (EVM). EVM is a project mgmt. approach that provides objective reports of project status, produces early warning signs of impending schedule delays and cost overruns, and provides unbiased estimates of a program¿s total costs. This report: assesses FAA¿s policies for implementing EVM on its IT investments; evaluates whether the agency is adequately using these techniques to manage key IT acquisitions; and assesses the agency¿s efforts to oversee EVM compliance. Tables.
To prepare for forecasted air traffic growth, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in partnership with other federal agencies and the aviation industry, is planning and implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), a new satellite-based air traffic management system that will replace the current radar-based system and is expected to enhance the safety and capacity of the air transport system. This report reviewed FAA's metrics for: (1) tracking the status of NextGen programs and the implementation of NextGen capabilities, the reliability of those metrics, and any limitations or gaps; and (2) measuring the performance and outcomes of NextGen capabilities that are implemented and any limitations. Charts and tables.
The 2010 Decennial Census has a number of challenges, incl. weaknesses in managing IT, operational planning, and cost estimating, as well as uncertainty over dress rehearsal plans and the ultimate cost of the census. In 2007, the Census Bureau (CB) conducted the address canvassing operation -- the final time to test handheld computers (HHC) that will be deployed during the Census. The CB also announced that the HHC was likely to incur significant cost overruns and announced a redesigning effort to get the Census back on track. This report: (1) analyzes CB and contractor data showing how HHCs operated and its implications on operations; and (2) examines implications the redesign may have on plans for address canvassing in the 2010 Census. Illus.
Each time we see grim pictures of aircraft wreckage on a rain-drenched crash site, or scenes of tired holiday travelers stranded in snow-covered airports, we are reminded of the harsh impact that weather can have on the flying public. This book examines issues that affect the provision of national aviation weather services and related research and technology development efforts. It also discusses fragmentation of responsibilities and resources, which leads to a less-than-optimal use of available weather information and examines alternatives for responding to this situation. In particular, it develops an approach whereby the federal government could provide stronger leadership to improve cooperation and coordination among aviation weather providers and users.
Since 2006, air traffic control (ATC) equipment outages and failures at FAA facilities have caused hundreds of flight delays and raised questions about FAA's maintenance capabilities. About 6,100 technicians maintain FAA's current (legacy) facilities and equipment and will be responsible for the Next Generation technologies planned for the next 15 years. This report reviewed how: (1) FAA incorporates key practices of leading org. in its workforce planning for technicians; (2) FAA's technician training compares with key practices of leading org.; and (3) the costs of technician training, including travel costs, have changed in recent years. This is a print on demand edition of an important, hard-to-find publication.
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