How are we performing?
The FAA monitors performance for 42 measures, initiatives, and activities, which highlight the agency's priority goals in performing our mission and advancing the FAA's Strategic Initiatives. These goals fall into the following categories: employee Organizational Success Increase (OSI) / Organizational Success Measure (OSM), executive Corporate Short Term Incentive (Corporate STI), performance objective in the Department of Transportation's Strategic Plan, and Agency Priority Goal submitted to the Administration.
We are currently Green (On Track) for 38 of our 42 priority goals, with 3 of them already completed. Our efforts to mitigate the risks for the Yellow (At Risk) metrics are described below.
Part 23 Rulemaking
The Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published on March 14, 2016 with a 60-day comment period. This represents an aggressive schedule aimed at meeting the FY16 goal. The projected future progress is as follows:
- May 13, 2016: comment period closes (original target date was April 30)
- September 13, 2016: final decision document approved (planned target date was Aug. 30)
Runway Incursions (Category A and B)
Although the Runway Incursions Category A/B metric is currently Yellow, the rates are similar to the numbers experienced in FY15. Runway Incursions are measured as a rate of Category A and B incursions per every million operations. As the number of operations increases in the busy spring and summer months, the accelerated increase in the total number of operations decreases the Category A and B runway incursion rate.
The FAA is optimistic about meeting the goal of 0.395 per million operations, based on the continued focus on correction of identified safety issues on the airport surface.
International Safety Enhancement
This goal seeks to promote international cooperation, enhancing safety by participating in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP), for audits or ICAO Coordinated Validation Missions (ICVM) of countries of priority to the FAA. After several efforts to move our nominees forward, in either the academic or on-the-job elements of the program, we have ascertained that the ICAO audit program does not have the need for, or the capacity to qualify, our auditor nominees on the scale and timing necessary to achieve the original goal. Due to this issue, a change request to edit this goal is under way.
Hiring Persons with Targeted Disabilities (PWTD)
Through March 2016, the FAA had hired 9 PWTD out of 1,489 new hires, for a 0.60% PWTD hiring rate. This is well below the 2.33% goal for the year. To address the shortfall, the Office of Civil Rights created a PWTD Tiger Team to develop strategies to increase the hiring of PWTD during the remainder of the fiscal year. Such strategies include greater outreach at hiring fairs for persons with disabilities, as well as improving the accuracy of reporting on the much broader group of persons with disabilities. Targeted disabilities are not consistently identified through current reporting means, with several targeted disabilities being unidentified.
Where are we going?
In Fiscal Year 2014, the Administrator developed a five-year vision of an aviation system that reflects the highest standards of safety and efficiency and is a model for the world. As we move forward in the execution of the Administrator's vision, the Agency will focus on novel and streamlined reporting mechanisms to ensure adequate focus is placed on the vision's key areas:
- Laying the foundation for the National Airspace System (NAS) of the future by achieving prioritized NextGen benefits, enabling the safe and efficient integration of new user entrants including Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Commercial Space flights, and delivering more efficient, streamlined air traffic management services;
- Building on safety management principles to proactively address emerging safety risk by using consistent, data-informed approaches to make smarter, system-level, risk-based decisions;
- Improving safety, air traffic efficiency, and environmental sustainability across the globe through an integrated, data-driven approach that shapes global standards, enhances collaboration and harmonization, and better targets FAA resources and efforts; and
- Preparing FAA's human capital for the future, by identifying, recruiting, and training a workforce with the leadership, technical, and functional skills to ensure the U.S. has the world's safest and most productive aviation sector.
Additional information about the FAA Strategic Initiatives can be found on the FAA Website.