Michael O'Harra was appointed Deputy Regional Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Southwest Region in February 2008. Mr. O'Harra contributes to the leadership of FAA efforts within the five-state region including Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, and also serves as the Regional Emergency Transportation Coordinator (RETCO) for the Department of Transportation's Region 6. In his RETCO role, Mr. O'Harra provides executive leadership to ensure transportation emergency planning and response for incidents of national significance.
Mr. O'Harra previously served as the acting Chief Information Officer for the FAA Regions and Center Operations (ARC) organization for a year, where he provided leadership and direction for Information Technology infrastructure, applications, security, service delivery and support in the nine regional offices and in headquarters. Mr. O'Harra also served for six years as the Manager, Operational Integration for ARC Headquarters, where he was instrumental in the development of the Runway Template Action Plan (RTAP) and associated program management tools for major capacity initiatives.
Mr. O'Harra also represented ARC as the chair of Airport Obstruction Standards Committee (AOSC) working group, developing corporate solutions that met the needs of multiple Agency lines of business. He furthered ARC's reputation as a horizontal integration provider of choice, and provided leadership to several Flight Plan and ARC business plan efforts. Mr. O'Harra was the recipient of the 2006 ARC Assistant Administrator's Award for Excellence and the 2004 Department of Transportation Secretary's Award for Meritorious Achievement.