FY 2015 1st Quarter Performance Report

How are we performing?

The FAA monitors performance for 38 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 Corporate Short Term Incentive (Corporate STI) measures, performance objectives in the Department of Transportation's Strategic Plan, and Agency Priority Goals submitted to the Administration.

We are currently Green on 2 of our strategic goal areas, which focus on enhancing global leadership, and empowering and innovating the FAA's people. One other strategic goal area, delivering benefits through technology and infrastructure, has one measure that is currently on track to meet our goals, but is tentative on several key external milestones. Another goal area, which focuses on making aviation safer and smarter, has a measure which is currently reporting as red. Our efforts to mitigate the risks for that particular measure are described below.

Improve Financial Management Practices (Yellow):


The audit of FAA's FY 2014 consolidated financial statements was completed on November 9, 2014. We are preparing the Q1 financial statements and continuing to revisit all findings to ensure that corrective actions are progressing according to the targeted dates committed. We are also addressing "lessons learned" from the FY 2014 audit and taking steps to improve our internal controls and processes for FY 2015. These actions will position us for a successful FY 2015 audit. The OIG is also evaluating bidder proposals in connection with a recompetition for the audit, and expects to award the new contract by February. The FY 2015 audit will be initiated after the award.

Runway Incursions (Category A and B) (Red):

The target for Runway Incursion (RI) Rate (Category A and B) is 0.395 per million operations. The status for January 2015 is Red. Through January FY 2015, the preliminary cumulative rate for category A&B runway incursions is 0.448 per million operations, which equates to less than one event per 2 million operations.

There have been 7 Category A/B RIs in FY 2015:

  • October – 1 Category A Pilot Deviation (PD)
  • October – 1 Category B Operational Incident (OI)
  • November – 1 Category A Pilot Deviation (PD)
  • December – 2 Category A Operational Incidents (OI)
  • January – 2 Category A Pilot Deviations (PD)

Although the Runway Incursions Category A/B metric for January is red, the rates are similar to the numbers experienced in FY 2014. In FY 2014 the number of events decreased through the spring and summer resulting in a FY 2014 final year end rate of 0.282 per million operations, which was well within the established metric. As the number of operations increases in the busy spring and summer months, with a limited number of Category A and B events, the accelerated increase in the total number of operations will proportionally accelerate the decrease in the Category A and B runway incursion rate.

The FAA is optimistic in meeting the goal of 0.395 per million operations based on the continued focus on correction of identified safety issues on the airport surface.

Where are we going?

In Fiscal Year 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. 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 deliver 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.

For more information, read the FAA Strategic Initiatives summary report (PDF, 19 KB).