The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) mission is to promote the safe, orderly, & expeditious flow of air traffic in the U.S. airspace system. To this end, FAA is modernizing its air traffic control systems, a multibillion dollar effort that has been designated as a high-risk program. Research into the practices of successful public- & private-sector organizations has shown that developing & using an enterprise architecture, or blueprint, to guide & constrain systems investments is crucial to the success of such a modernization effort. This report determines whether FAA has established an effective processes for managing the development & implementation of an enterprise architecture. Includes recommendations. Charts & tables.
Hearing to review the results of an oversight investigation. Two FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors have provided evidence raising serious questions of conduct violating the Fed. Aviation Reg¿s. (FARs) in the inspection and maint. program of Southwest Airlines (SWA). FAA employees have engaged in conduct, ¿which constitutes a violation of Fed. law, rule or reg¿n., gross mismgt., an abuse of authority and a substantial damage to public safety.¿ The Maint. Inspector for SWA knowingly allowed the airline to operate in March 2007 (and possibly beyond), and well after the inspection deadlines on a mandatory FAA Airworthiness Directive. There may be a pattern of regulatory abuse and that these regulatory lapses may be more widespread. Illustrations.
Reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration : perspectives of aviation stakeholders : hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, first session, May 13, 2009