DoT Still Concerned About NextGen Progress
The FAA still has work to do in implementing changes to its NextGen air traffic management program, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General. “While the FAA quickly incorporated the [IG] task force’s recommendations into its NextGen strategic plans and budgets, its efforts are delayed in key areas, including its critical metroplex initiative,” concluded the report. “Moreover, industry is concerned that the initiative does not yet include other related task force recommendations, such as better managing surface operations, and may not deliver all desired benefits.” According to the task force, the FAA has still not resolved many of the barriers that will impede implementation of the task force recommendations, such as streamlining the process for deploying new flight procedures and training controllers on advanced procedures. “We [DOT IG] made seven recommendations to the FAA to improve its implementation of the task force recommendations. However, the FAA’s response did not meet the intent of four of our recommendations, and we are requesting additional information from the Agency,” said the report, to which the FAA has not yet responded publicly.