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Agency Performance Report

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 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 have achieved 37 of our 39 priority goals. One of the goals requires third party analysis of government wide survey data and as such reports out status. The other goal, Unmodified Audit, was missed for FY 2017. The results for the end of the Fiscal Year are below.

FY 2017 Organizational Success Increase/Measure
Measure Status
Risk-Based Decision Making: Publish FAA Oversight Philosophy Order. The Administrator signed and published FAA Order 8000.72 FAA Integrated Oversight Philosophy on June 28 2017.
Commercial Air Carrier Fatality Rate: Reduce the commercial air carrier fatalities per 100 million persons on board by 24% over 9-year period (2010-2018). No more than 6.2 in 2018. FY17 Target: 6.4. The Commercial Air Carrier Fatality Rate for mid-year FY17 is 0.3 vs a not to exceed of 6.4. There were three fatalities for the year.
General Aviation Fatal Accident Rate: Reduce the general aviation fatal accident rate to no more than one (1) fatal accident per 100000 flight hours by 2018. FY17 Target: 1.01. The General Aviation Fatal Accident Rate for FY17 is 0.84 vs a not to exceed of 1.1. There were 209 fatalities for the year.
Runway Incursions (Category A and B): Reduce Category A&B (most serious) runway incursions to a rate of no more than 0.395 per million operations. The target for Runway Incursion Rate (Category A&B) is 0.395 per million operations. The revised cumulative rate is 0.159. There has been 6 Category A&B Runway Incursions in FY17.
Commercial Space Launch and Reentry Accidents: No fatalities serious injuries or significant property damage to the uninvolved public during licensed or permitted space launch and reentry activities. To date there have been no accidents involving AST-licensed or permitted launch and reentry activities in FY17.
Hazard Risk Mitigations: Implement 80% of approved interventions to mitigate the top five (5) hazards' associated with losses of separation. FAA exceeded there 80% completion threshold and completed 27 out of 29 activities reaching a 93% completion rate.
System Risk Event Rate (SRER): Reduce risks in flight by limiting the rate of the most serious losses of standard separation to 10 or fewer for every thousand (0.01) losses of standard separation within the National Airspace System. The System Risk Event Rate for FY17was 2.35 vs a not to exceed of 10.
Runway Incursion Mitigation (RIM): ARP will have initiated mitigation projects by starting the planning design or construction (or implemented mitigation procedures for non-capital project solutions) at 10 RIM locations. The FAA has initiated projects at 27 RIM locations in FY17.
IT Security System: Address 80% of the high vulnerabilities within 30 days. Continue Cyber Security Steering Committee oversight to assure consistent risk acceptance decisions. Visualize vulnerabilities on all IP based systems. For FY17 the cumulative total of Internet Protocol High Value Risks was fourteen. All incidents were addressed within a 30 day turnaround maintaining 100% of the goal target.
Bandwidth: AIT will identify the end state of bandwidth upgrades as approved by the IT Shared Services Committee (ITSSC). Implement bandwidth upgrades at 75% of the FY17 locations as approved by the ITSSC. FAA meet there goal of completing 188 of 250 or 75% of the Phase 1 sites.
Runway Pavement: Maintain runway pavement in excellent good or fair condition for 93% of the paved runways in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. The Status Condition of 97.8% of runways is excellent, good, or fair.
Cost Control Program: Achieve documented cost savings and cost avoidance of $42.46 million in FY17. The program achieved actual savings of $43.49 Million in FY17.
Unmodified Audit Opinion: Obtain an unmodified audit opinion on the FAA's FY17 financial statements. This goal requires both an unmodified audit opinion and no material weaknesses identified by external independent auditors. The auditors issued an unmodified audit, with one material weakness. The material weakness has been remediated.
Average Daily Capacity: Maintain an average daily capacity for core airports of 58006 or higher arrivals and departures. (Target expected in late September). FAA met an average daily capacity of 60,492 for FY17.
Critical Acquisitions on Schedule: 90% of the critical acquisitions selected annual milestones are achieved by their scheduled dates. FAA completed 65 of 65 milestones on schedule

Environment: (Achieve two of the following three targets)

  1. Complete the 20 airport noise survey and analysis of the relationship between the day-night noise level and survey respondent's level of annoyance to aircraft noise.
  2. Develop a community involvement tool kit that includes sample checklists templates and examples of best practices.
  3. Reduce the U.S. population exposed to significant aircraft noise around airports to less than 315000 persons in calendar year 2016.
This goal was met with 2 out of the 3 targets achieved. Target 1 was missed.
NAC Recommendations: 80% of the FAA's commitments to Congress in response to the NAC recommendations are achieved within a calendar quarter of their scheduled dates. Achieved 92% (26 of 28) of FAA's commitments to Congress on August 8, 2017.
UAS Integration: Commence an operational evaluation between the FAA and an industry partner demonstrating a low altitude authorization and notification request capability by September 30 2017. The Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) goal for the year has been achieved. An operational evaluation was conducted with 4 UAS Service Suppliers. A total of 491 messages were transferred during the test covering both notifications and authorizations.
Accommodating Commercial Space Transportation into the NAS: Reach a Joint Resources Council (JRC) Investment Analysis Readiness Decision (IARD) for Commercial Space Integration into the NAS: Space Data Integrator (e.g. Approve Modify or Disapprove). Successful IARD approval on June 21, 2017.

Terminal Automation Modernization and Replacement (TAMR): Target 1: Phase 3 Segment 2: Achieve the 54th Initial Operating Capability (IOC).

Target 2: Phase 1: Complete 8 IOCs.

All targets are complete.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B): Target 1: Complete 16 Terminal Separation Services Initial Operating Capabilities (IOCs).

Target 2: Complete Operational Capability for Oceanic In-Trail Procedures at 2 sites.

Completed 16 Terminal Separation Services Initial Operating Capabilities achieved April 5, 2017.
Data Comm: Segment 1 Phase 1 – Initial Operating Capability (IOC) at the remaining 10 facilities. DOT Goals Critical Acquisition Milestone. Final tower IOC was received on December 9, 2017.
NAS Efficient Streamlined Services (NESS): Convert 24 Tactical Aircraft Control and Navigation (TACAN)/TACAN at Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Range (VOR) (TACR) systems to High Gain Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) Antennas by the end of FY17. FAA completed all 24 conversions.
NAS-Wide Carbon Neutrality: Maintain NAS-Wide carbon neutrality for domestic operations by 2020 based on a 2005 baseline. Each year leading up to 2020 the annual CO2 emissions results for domestic (US States and territories) shall not exceed the 2005 baseline emissions of 132.7 teragrams (Tg). NAS-Wide modeling results indicate that CY2016 NAS-Wide CO2 emissions inventory is 120.4 which is below the carbon neutrality limit of 132.7 Tg.
Caribbean Initiative: Achieve 80% of identified milestones by partnering with ICAO CANSO industry stakeholders Foreign Air Navigation Service Providers airport and industry associations to continue efforts that lead to improvements in airport and air traffic safety and efficiency increased certification at airports with critical deficiencies and high levels of United States air traffic and passengers and improved air traffic controller communications between the FAA and foreign ATC facilities in the Caribbean. FAA achieved the 80% completion threshold across all targets.

Regional Strategies: (both targets must be met) Develop data-informed appendices to the FAA International Strategy that outline the top regional/organizational priorities for future FAA engagement and support.

Target 1: Present updated FAA International Strategy to the Executive Council (EC) that includes data-informed regional strategies.

Target 2: Identify next steps for implementation of data-informed regional strategies.

FAA met both targets resulting in the International Advisory Board(IAB) approving the FY18 Strategic Plan.
Leadership Development/FLLI: Deliver FAA Foundational Leadership and Management training to a total of 1800 students. Exceeded goal of 1800 with a total of 2147 students attending by the end of FY17. Goal achieved four months early.
Enterprise Wireless Deployment/Connectivity: AIT will identify the end state of enterprise Wi-Fi implementation in all FAA facilities approved by IT Shared Services Committee (ITSSC). Implement wireless networks at 90% of FAA facilities approved for the third phase of installation by the IT Shared Services Committee by September 30 2017. Completed all identified site surveys and 20 installations.

Total Rewards: (both targets must be met) Target 1: Complete program design implementation milestones and communication plans for an enhanced child care subsidy and the establishment of a voluntary leave bank. Present a plan for full implementation no later than September 30 2017. Note: Update(s) to the BC are expected

Target 2: Complete research on demand feasibility and funding alternatives on expanded tuition degree completion tuition assistance and student loan repayment options. Present options for implementation no later than September 30 2017. Note: Update(s) to the BC are expected

Target 1: The Child Care Subsidy increase became effective 8/1/17. The CCSP implementation and the finalization of the Voluntary Leave Bank communications plan, flow chart of processes and system flow closes out the FY17 business plan requirement.

Target 2: Tuition subsidies research determined to be limited. Alternative loan options and financial planning are being explored.

Commute Days Avoided: Average commute days avoided per employee (AWS and/or regular telework year-to-date). FY17 Target: 42 Achieved FY17 goal with 43 days avoided.
FY 2017 Corporate Short Term Incentives
Measure Status
Commercial Air Carrier Fatality Rate: Reduce the commercial air carrier fatalities per 100 million persons on board by 24% over 9-year period (2010-2018). No more than 6.2 in 2018. FY17 Target: 6.4. The Commercial Air Carrier Fatality Rate for mid-year FY17 is 0.3 vs a not to exceed of 6.4 – three fatal accidents to date.

UAS Priorities (all targets must be met): FAA will lead ongoing agency efforts to effectively address security concerns and advance integration of UAS by (1) convening and facilitating an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) on Unmanned Aircraft System identification and tracking and (2) obtaining AOA/ADA concurrence on the final rule for UAS registration, which will address the comments received to the IFR, align with the court decision, and require external marking of UAS registration numbers, by September 29, 2017.

Processing Part 107 Waivers
AVS will respond to 80% of Part 107 waiver applicants within 90 days of receipt of an application for waiver (received between October 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017) with either an approval of waiver, denial of waiver, or request for additional information, for the first 9,800 waiver applications received.
Due: September 30, 2017.

Processing Part 107 Authorizations
ATO will respond to 80% of Part 107 authorization applicants within 90 days of receipt of an application for authorization (received between October 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017) with either an approval of authorization, denial of authorization, or request for additional information, for the first 9,800 authorization applications received. Due: September 30, 2017.

ATO is processing 93% of Part 107 Waivers within 90 days and Par 107 authorizations at a 94% rate. All targets were successfully met for the fiscal year.
NAC Recommendations: 90% of the FAA's commitments to Congress in response to the NAC recommendations are achieved within a calendar quarter of their scheduled dates. Achieved 92% (26 of 28) of FAA's commitments to Congress on August 8, 2017.
Major System Investments: 90% of major baselined acquisition programs must be maintained within 10% of their current acquisition cost, schedule, and technical performance baseline as of the end of fiscal year 2017. 20 of 21 (95.2%) programs are within current baseline. 1 program has exceeded its current baseline by more than 10%.
Noise Goal: Evaluate outreach and mitigation efforts across the agency and identify what practices are being utilized with respect to community involvement and outreach to environmental justice populations. Document the information gained and refine or develop agency best practices and/or other materials (e.g., orders, training materials, etc.), as needed. Achieve all FY 2017 milestones. All three targets are complete.
International Technical Assistance: Have the Agency's new technical assistance policy and processes in effect by September 30, 2017. Completed.
Controller Hiring: Consistent with Air Traffic Controller Workforce Plan, hire at least 1,781 air traffic controllers in FY17. Total hires and Firm Offer Letters: 1,889 and 106.1% of target.
FedView: Increase the Agency's Best Places to Work ranking in federal government sub-components to the top 28%. The FAA missed this target, ranking in the top 43% of sub-components.
FY 2017 Additional DOT Goals
Measure Status
NAS Reliability: Monitor sustainment and report the NAS reliability for core airports at 99.7% The FY17 actual number is 99.84%.
NAS On-time: Achieve a NAS on-time arrival rate of 88% at Core airports. The FY17 actual number is 91.25%
Improper Payments: The dollar amount of improper payments for the year is less than 1% of Airport Improvement Grant program disbursements. The FY17 improper payment rate is 0.09%.
Data Comm: Segment 1 Phase 1 – Initial Operating Capability (IOC) at the remaining 10 facilities. Complete final tower IOC on December 9, 2016.
Hiring Persons with Targeted Disabilities (PWTD): Ensure at least 2.67% of all FAA new hires are PWTD. FAA hired 37 PWTDs out of a total 2896 new hires for a 1.28% hiring rate.

sUAS Priorities (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 it is within the line-of-sight of the operator. The FAA processed 5,305 part 107 waivers in FY 2017. In late 2017, the FAA launched a new automated capability, Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) for authorizations. During the pilot, there was a 42% increase in waiver processing from the manual processing time.

Terminal Automation and Modernization and Replacement (TAMR)

The Terminal Automation Modernization/ Replacement (TAMR) program is designed to modernize the terminal automation systems, which are essential for the management of, air traffic operations at all the nation's major airports. These systems rely on information from radar and weather sensors, along with flight plan information for each aircraft, to inform air traffic controllers of the aircrafts’ location and intended path of flight. This enables the controllers to safely, and efficiently maintain aircraft separation at or near airports. The establishment of this metric is to expand capacity, capability, and improve supportability in our aviation system. It will play an important role in improving the economic and continued safety returns from our nation's transportation system. TAMR Phase 3 Segment 2 replaced 91 ARTS IIE and 6 ARTS IE systems with STARS hardware, software, and displays at all Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACONs) and their associated Airport Traffic Control Towers (ATCTs) by 2019, and enables ADS-B capabilities for controllers. TAMR Phase 3 Segment 2 will complete the convergence to a single automation platform in the Terminal domain. ATO achieved 54th initial operating capability during this fiscal year.

Caribbean Initiative

The FAA, in conjunction with inter-agency and industry partners are collaborating with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Civil Air Navigation Service Organization (CANSO), airport and industry associations, industry stakeholders, and foreign air navigation service providers, to improve airport and air traffic safety & efficiency, and increase certification at airports with critical deficiencies & high levels of U.S. air traffic and passengers. The improvements include establishing agreements with key stakeholders and Caribbean service providers, championing the development of a regional Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM)/Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) network across the Caribbean, and identifying primary aerodrome concerns and leading efforts towards solutions. In FY-2016, the FAA began implementing the International Strategy by expanding Air Traffic Management (ATM) efforts in the Caribbean region. In FY-2017, FAA continued this work by addressing airport safety, traffic flow management through six (6) international agreements and three (3) outreach activities. The FAA will continue to work with regional authorities to help improve safety and air traffic flow for U.S. air travelers around the world.

Where are we going?

The FAA continues to focus on the development of an aviation system that reflects the highest standards of safety and efficiency and is a model for the world. As we move forward with our vision, the agency will continue to focus on novel and streamlined reporting mechanisms to ensure adequate focus is placed on our 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.

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