Audit Initiated of FAA's Terminal Automation Modernization Program
The Office of Inspector General plans to review the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Terminal Automation Modernization Program. FAA plans to invest about $1 billion through 2018 to modernize terminal automation systems that controllers rely on to manage air traffic near airports. This effort is key to replacing aging equipment and achieving FAA’s goals for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Our audit objectives are to determine whether: (1) FAA’s acquisition strategy for terminal modernization effectively addresses technological and operational risks; and (2) FAA’s terminal modernization efforts are compatible with key NextGen programs and schedules. However, to ensure a timely response that would allow us greater impact on FAA's plans to modernize terminal facilities, we have decided to address the first objective and defer the second until a later time.