FAA's Approach To SWIM Has Led To Cost And Schedule Uncertainty And No Clear Path For Achieving NextGen Goals
On June 15, 2011, we issued a report on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) development and implementation of the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program. SWIM is a key program in the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) that, as envisioned, will streamline data communications among all NextGen air traffic systems. We found that although FAA is still in the early stages of developing SWIM, the Agency has already increased the costs for the program’s first of three segments by more than $100 million and delayed its completion by two years. Further cost increases and delays remain likely because of a lack of clear lines of accountability for overseeing and managing the program. FAA concurred with all six of our recommendations for improving the management of SWIM and reducing risks.