How are we performing?
The FAA monitors performance for 37 measures, initiatives, and activities which highlight the agency's priority goals in performing our mission and advancing the FAA's new Strategic Initiatives. These goals have been designated as employee Organizational Success Increase (OSI) measures, executive Shared Short Term Incentive (Shared STI) measures, performance objectives in the Department of Transportation's Strategic Plan, and Agency Priority Goals submitted to the Administration.
We are currently Green and therefore, on track to meet all of our goals, except for three that are at risk (Yellow. Our efforts to mitigate the risks on these three goals are described below.
Runway Incursions (Category A & B) (Red): The target for Runway Incursion (RI) Rate (Category A and B) is 0.395 per million operations. Through March 2014, the preliminary cumulative rate for category A&B runway incursions is 0.429 per million operations. This had been rated "red", but we have since moved back into Yellow with no potential events in the queue. Several recommendations from the Root Causal Analysis Team, and approved by the Runway Safety Council, have been implemented. Both the FAA and industry are taking actions to decrease the number and severity of runway incursions, runway excursions, and other surface incidents. Some of the current initiatives include:
- The Air Traffic Control Runway Incursion Prevention recurrent training (in progress) includes a section on situational awareness, drift and distractions.
- In July 2014, the Runway Incursion Prevention recurrent training topic will focus on hearback and readback error prevention, high energy runway crossings, managing landing operations, and aircraft performance.
- The FAA has contracted with the AOPA Foundation, Inc. (AFI) to develop an updated version of the online Runway Safety Course. The course will target general aviation pilots and will improve safety by using education outreach to reduce runway incursions. The course will cover signs, marking and lighting, best practices for safe taxi and runway operations, and will utilize several case studies showing the consequences for making mistakes while operating in the airport environment. Emphasis will be placed on the use of airport diagrams and communication procedures. The scheduled release date is December 1, 2014.
- Flight Standards Service developed a new remedial training program (in lieu of litigation) for pilots involved in a pilot deviation runway incursion. This program, which is in final review, will require the completion of a standardized ground-training curriculum.
IT Risk Management and Information Systems Security (Yellow): The target is to utilize Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) capabilities to continuously enhance our ability to prevent, deter, detect, and respond to cyber-attacks against the FAA's infrastructure for 95% of non-NAS IP-based systems and pilot CDM capabilities on a NAS IP-based system. The status of this goal is a cautionary yellow due to delays in acquiring additional licenses of the agency hardware and software asset management solution. In lieu of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) provided capabilities, we are pursuing legacy means to meet this target. On the National Airspace System aspect of this goal, we are pursuing completion of pre-requisite analysis and transition plans from DHS. Final achievement depends on resolution of DHS and internal pre-requisites.
Improve Financial Management Practices (Yellow): The target is to obtain an unmodified audit opinion on the FAA's FY14 financial statements. This goal requires both an unmodified audit opinion and no material weaknesses identified by external independent auditors. Until completion of the audit, the status of this goal is a cautionary yellow. The auditors have almost completed the planning phase for the FY2014 audit, and have provided an exhaustive list of work products that we are required to deliver to support their audit test work. We continue to make progress toward resolving prior year audit findings. Moving forward we are working towards mitigating upcoming challenges, which include the shutdown of our accounting system, Delphi, for an upgrade and the successful release and implementation of the upgrade. We will also be preparing the second quarter financial statements, preparing for third quarter reporting, and initiating planning for the production of the annual Performance and Accountability Report.
Where are we going?
In FY 2014, the Administrator developed a vision for the next five years of an aviation system that reflects the highest standards of safety and efficiency and is a model for the world. It is focused on making aviation safer and smarter, delivering benefits from technology and infrastructure, enhancing global leadership, and empowering and innovating with FAA's people. More specifically, it aims to:
- Deliver on the promise of NextGen through concrete benefits for users; safely integrate new user entrants, including unmanned aircraft and commercial spacecraft; and right-size the National Airspace System to deliver more efficient and streamlined services;
- Improve decision making by considering risk, sharing safety data, and better analyzing that data;
- Re-establish the FAA's position as the global leader in aviation; and
- Develop a workforce with the right leadership, and technical and functional skills to bring about this transformation.
Additional information about the FAA Strategic Initiatives can be found on the FAA Website. We will include progress on the FAA Strategic Initiatives in our third quarter report.