How are we performing?

FY 2016 3rd Quarter Performance Report

The FAA monitors performance for 41 measures, initiatives, and activities, which highlight the agency's corporate 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 (DOT Goals), and Agency Priority Goal (APG) submitted to the Administration.

We are currently Green (On Track) for 38 of our 41 corporate goals, with 9 of them already completed. These highlights showcase the FAA's successes in achieving its most important agency goals.


DataComm allows pilots and air traffic controllers to communicate through a digital interface that augments traditional methods of voice communications.

Considerably ahead of schedule, the FAA accomplished its goal to achieve Initial Operational Capability (IOC) at 6 cumulative sites in February of 2016. As of July 30th, 36 sites have achieved IOC, vastly outpacing the FAA's initial target.

Part 23

Part 23 showcases the Agency's embrace of Risk-Based Decision Making in the realm of General Aviation. The rule proposes performance standards for GA planes instead of prescriptive standards, drastically reducing the density of regulations GA planes must adhere to.

Through a herculean effort, the FAA achieved its goal of receiving Final Decision Document approval by the Rulemaking Management Council (RMC) for the Part 23 Rule.

sUAS Final Rule (Part 107)

Part 107 enables a vast array of commercial uses for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). It allows operations under 400 feet, as long as the sUAS does not fly over people and is within the line-of-sight of the operator. The FAA delivered to OST the sUAS Final Rule on March 11, 2016.

Leadership and Management Training

The FAA vastly exceeded its goal of providing leadership and management training to its cadre of managers. Its original goal of 1,400 students receiving training was achieved during the first seven months of the year.

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 at