How are we performing?

FY 2015 3rd Quarter Performance Report

The FAA monitors performance for 39 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 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 our Enhance Global Leadership strategic goal areas. The status is currently Yellow on several metrics in the Agency's other strategic goal areas (Making Aviation Safer and Smarter, Delivering Benefits through Technology and Infrastructure, and Empowering and Innovating with the FAA's People). Our efforts to mitigate the risks for the Yellow metrics are described below.


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

The target for Runway Incursion (RI) Rate (Category A and B) is 0.395 per million operations. The status for June 2015 is Yellow. Through June FY 2015, the preliminary cumulative rate for category A&B runway incursions is 0.385 per million operations, which equates to less than one event per two million operations.

There were four Category A/B RIs in the third quarter of FY15.

There have been 14 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 Incident (OI)
  • January – 2 Category A Pilot Deviations (PD)
  • January – 1 Category A Vehicle Pedestrian Deviation (VPD)
  • February – 1 Category A Pilot Deviations (PD)
  • March – 1 Category B Vehicle Pedestrian Deviation (VPD)
  • April – 1 Category A Pilot Deviation (PD)
  • April – 1 Category A Operational Incident (OI)
  • April – 1 Category B Vehicle Pedestrian Deviation (VPD)
  • June – 1 Category A Pilot Deviation (PD)

Although the Runway Incursions Category A/B metric for March is Yellow, the rates are similar to the numbers experienced in FY 14. In FY14, the number of events decreased through the spring and summer, resulting in a FY14 final yearend 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.

Integrate UAS into the NAS (Yellow):

In spite of an unforeseen increase in the number of petitions received, great strides have been made to increase the FAA's ability to process these requests. Incredible improvements to throughput have been gained through organizational and procedural enhancements and improved electronic project tracking. Near-term support for those operators needing relief for commercial operations of UAS's are best provided through a first-come-first-served approach, building on processes that are in place and proven to be effective. Arriving petitions are reviewed for alignment with similar exemptions already granted and, if not unique, are provided a tailored response to their request that leverages earlier analyses and established phrasing. Applying this strategy has advanced the process for 333 exemptions beyond the approach used for earlier exemptions, which drove the timelines associated with the 120-day processing target. This new process has resulted in a processing rate of over 200 per month for each month since its establishment in April 2015. As of August 4, 2015, over 1,000 exemptions had been granted. As of July 2015, over 2,800 petitions for exemption under Section 333 of the FMRA had been submitted.

FAA is optimistic with regard to achieving this metric's goal for FY 2015.

Adjusted Operational Availability (Yellow):

Preliminary numbers show, for the month of June 2015, that we are below the goal for adjusted operational availability. Compared to May 2015, the adjusted operational availability for the Core Airports (reportable facilities) decreased by 0.028%, with an approximate increase of 1,800 hours in unscheduled downtime.

Compared to June 2014, the adjusted operational availability for the Core Airports (reportable facilities) decreased by 0.031%, with an approximate increase of 2,300 hours in unscheduled downtime.

Average Daily Capacity (Yellow):

The current seasonal goal (for the months of April, May, and June) is 58,866 and the Fiscal Year-to-Date (FYTD) target is set to 59,122.

As of June, FYTD Average Daily Capacity is 59,137. While we are currently surpassing our target, the FAA believes the metric warrants a Yellow status, based on both the monthly Average Daily Capacity trends and the marginal difference between FYTD Average Daily Capacity and the target.

June's monthly value of 58,708 is below the FYTD target. Several factors are driving this, including runway construction at DTW, JFK and SEA, as well as improved rate calling at PHL and SLC.

Improve Financial Management Practices (Yellow):

The FAA is in the process of preparing the third quarter consolidated financial statements, which will be a key focus of the external auditors. The auditors are concurrently conducting field testing of property and equipment, disbursements, and payroll/HR areas. The FAA has already submitted a large volume of work products to support their audit; this will continue at an increasing pace through the beginning of November. As of this date, the auditors have not yet issued any financial reporting related findings. All aspects of the audit are on track at this time.

Hiring Persons with Targeted Disabilities (PWTD) (Yellow):

Through June 30, 2015 the FAA had hired 33 PWTD out of 2,127 new hires, for a 1.55% PWTD hiring rate. This was below the 2% goal, but with the amount of hiring that is taking place in the next few months, we will bring this percentage up. AHR also conducted an audit of all of the On-the-Spot PWD hires for FY14 and FY15. The purpose of the audit was to review the hiring process and the Self Identification (SF 256 Form) of each hire, in order to clear up any discrepancies with 20 OTS hires that had not identified their disability as required by the OPM policy. As of July 2, 2015 AHR had completed the audit and was in the process of resolving the discrepancies. The next step was to report their findings to the EEO Action Committee (EAC) on July 15th and to prepare updated numbers for the next PAM report. This was intended to clear up the concerns about PWD/PWTD hiring for ATO, AVS, AFN and other LOB/SOs. Currently, five LOB/SOs (ANG, AOC, ARP, AFN, ACR) are meeting the 2% goal.

ACR has developed a targeted outreach plan to assist LOB/SO with the recruitment and hiring of PWD/PWTD for the remainder of the Fiscal Year. ACR will share this plan with the FAA Performance Committee as appropriate.

Where are we going?

In FY 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 that 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, 60 KB).