Acquisition of FAA's Weather and Radar Processor
We reviewed FAA’s progress with acquiring the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP), which will give meteorologists and air traffic controllers more accurate and reliable information to lessen the effects of bad weather. We found that FAA has experienced significant problems managing the development and deployment of WARP on controller displays—mostly due to human factors and technical problems. We also found the program’s current cost baseline is not realistic and the schedule is at risk. Since 1995, estimated program costs have increased from $227.8 million to $276.8 million. We recommended that before WARP receives additional funding FAA provide a credible cost and schedule baseline, reflecting efforts to resolve the remaining human factors and technical problems.