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Interagency Planning Office


The Interagency Planning Office (IPO) for NextGen leads interagency and international collaboration to resolve complex challenges critical to NextGen. Additionally, the IPO leverages stakeholder expertise to identify, research, coordinate, and prioritize shared issues, and bring the appropriate resources together to advance NextGen.


The IPO's vision is to be the FAA's lead organization to leverage the power of interagency and international partnerships, to deliver the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.

"The Power of Partnerships"

To address shared national challenges, partner agencies are collaborating to identify and prioritize research and development (R&D) initiatives and other complex issues critical to the NextGen aviation enterprise. Partner agencies include the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), FAA, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The IPO also collaborates with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and other critical stakeholders as needed.

The IPO's core interagency functions and objectives include:

  • Enhance successful interagency partnerships to ensure coordination across agencies and leverage various agencies' expertise, research, technologies, and funding to advance NextGen while avoiding duplication
  • Identify, research, coordinate, and prioritize interagency NextGen issues
  • Manage and build interagency relationships, representing NextGen to the partner agencies

IPO focus areas include Interagency Aviation Cybersecurity, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), NextGen Weather, Research Transition Teams, and International. The IPO continuously pursues additional opportunities for beneficial interagency collaboration to help deliver long-term strategies for the modernization of the air transportation system and enhance U.S. leadership in the global aviation community.

The IPO is governed by two interagency bodies: the Senior Policy Committee (SPC) and NextGen Executive Board (NEB), respectively. The Senior Policy Committee consists of Cabinet-level officials from NextGen partner agencies. The NEB is an SPC adjunct that consists of senior executives from NextGen partner agencies.

In recognition of the need to align NextGen with other large, international modernization efforts, the IPO's NextGen International Division collaborates with key foreign states to leverage air traffic management knowledge and to ensure that NextGen remains at the center of global harmonization. The office maintains international agreements with the European Union (EU), Japan, and Singapore for joint research and development of future air traffic systems. Through these agreements, the FAA engages partners to support the adoption of our system standards as globally-accepted standards.

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