FAA Made Limited Progress in Implementing NextGen Provisions of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012
On January 28, 2014, we issued a report on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) progress in meeting Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) provisions in Title II of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Title II of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 includes 24 provisions intended to help the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) better manage and advance its Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and other modernization efforts. As of August 2013, FAA had implemented or was on target to implement about half of these provisions. However, FAA has yet to implement several provisions that are key to achieving the full benefits of NextGen. Longstanding programmatic and organizational challenges have hindered FAA’s efforts to meet the act’s provisions, including technical complexity; collaboration with other Government and aviation stakeholders; and financial concerns, including meeting the provisions of the Budget Control Act of 2011. FAA concurred with our two recommendations to provide more information to Congress and other stakeholders regarding its progress in meeting the act’s Title II provisions. We are requesting that the Agency provide this specific information in future planning documents and briefings with Congress.