How are we performing?
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 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 our Enhance Global Leadership strategic goal areas. On the other strategic goal areas (Making Aviation Safer and Smarter, Delivering Benefits Through Technology and Infrastructure, and Empowering and Innovating with the FAA's People), the FAA is currently Yellow on several metrics. Our efforts to mitigate the risks for that particular measure are described below.
- General aviation fatal accident rate
- Runway incursions
- Integrate UAS into the NAS
- Improve financial management practices
- Critical acquisitions on schedule
- Hiring persons with targeted disabilities (PWTD)
- Where are we going?
General Aviation Fatal Accident Rate (Yellow):
As of March 31, 2015, the General Aviation Fatal Accident Performance Measure is Yellow. The actual rate is 0.91 vs. a "not to exceed" level of 0.92. This equates to 98 fatal accidents vs. a "not to exceed" level of 99. Additionally there have been 150 fatalities for the year. There have been 29 experimental accidents to date, which accounts for 29.6% of the total number of GA fatal accidents.
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 March 2015 is Yellow. Through March FY 2015, the preliminary cumulative rate for category A and B runway incursions is 0.385 per million operations, which equates to less than one event per 2 million operations.
There have been 9 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)
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):
Status is yellow, due to volume of petitions received, the current level of analysis being done for each, and resource constraints to accomplish the required throughput levels. Incremental improvements to throughput have been gained through organizational and procedural improvements and improved electronic project tracking. The time needed for analysis of each package is under review now, focusing on issuing summary documents granting requested waivers, citing earlier precedent-setting exemptions. A change request has been submitted, requesting that the UAS exemption metric be changed to the following: Process (grant, deny, or close out) 1350 petitions for exemption requests under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA) and respond to the petitioner for all 1387 petitions by September 30, 2015. As of March 26, 2015, the FAA had received 716 Section 333 petitions for exemption. The FAA has processed 54 petitions and 21 have been closed.
Improve Financial Management Practices (Yellow):
The FAA continues with corrective actions to resolve prior year financial statement audit findings. The KPMG auditors have been reappointed by the OIG to perform FAA's audit for another five years. They are now back on site and have begun planning for the FY 2015 audit. Their first task after planning will be to review and test the FAA's Q2 financial statements, which are now in preparation and will be submitted toward the end of April. All aspects of the audit are on track at this time.
Critical Acquisitions on Schedule (cautionary Yellow):
The target is to achieve 90% of the 75 selected critical acquisitions milestones by their scheduled due dates. In order to achieve this target, no more than 7 milestones can be missed. This initiative is currently rated as a cautionary yellow because there are 3 milestones at risk of being missed and 1 milestone reported as missed.
Hiring Persons with Targeted Disabilities (PWTD) (Yellow):
Through March 31, 2015, the FAA has hired 26 PWTD out of 1,593 new hires, representing a 1.63% PWTD hiring rate. This is currently below the 2% goal. However, with the amount of hiring that will take place in the coming months, FAA is confident that it will achieve this target. ACR and AHR have completed working with ATO to conduct targeted outreach to PWTDs and Disabled Veterans for an Airway Transportation Systems Specialists and Air Traffic Control announcement that closed at the end of March.
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).