Tue, Jul 01, 2003
There's a whole report you can read, issued by the Department of
Transportation's Office of the Inspector General, that has to
do with the FAA's managment.
Here's the good news:
"In 1996, Congress exempted FAA from Federal procurement rules
that the agency said hindered its ability to modernize the
air traffic control system. Now, after 7 years, FAA has made
progress in reducing the time it takes to award contracts and
progress has been made with some efforts, such as Free Flight
...and here's the bad news:
"However, the agency has not held managers accountable, or used
the flexibilities and benefits of acquisition reform to control
cost and schedule slips. We found that cost growth, schedule
delays, and performance problems continue with FAA.s
major acquisitions. Overall, the 20 projects we reviewed have
experienced cost growth of about $4.3 billion and schedule slips
from 1 to 7 years.
"Billion-dollar cost growth with acquisitions is not sustainable
or affordable in light of declining Trust Fund revenues. Moreover,
FAA is just starting complex, billion-dollar efforts while
continuing to fund projects that have been delayed for several
years. If FAA does not exercise more management control over
its acquisitions, existing projects will be further delayed, and
new projects may not start as planned."
In case you're a glutton for punishment, you can read the gory
details at the link below.
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