Review of FAA's Efforts to Reduce Costs and Ensure Safety and Efficiency Through Realignment and Facility Consolidation, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Aviation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, May 31, 2012 [open pdf - 5MB]
This is the May 31, 2012 hearing, "A Review of FAA's [Federal Aviation Administration] Efforts to Reduce Costs and Ensure Safety and Efficiency Through Realignment and Facility Consolidation," before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation. From the opening statement of Thomas Petri: "The subcommittee today will hear testimony on the Federal Aviation Administration's [FAA] effort to plan for and carry out much-needed facility realignments and consolidations. I welcome the witnesses and look forward to their testimony. Five years ago, the subcommittee held a hearing on FAA facility conditions, and it certainly was a memorable one. At that hearing, the FAA witnesses testified that a key element of its transformation to NextGen air traffic control modernization is consolidation of its facilities. The FAA witness also noted that without consolidation, the FAA is tied to maintaining outdated facilities with outdated technology based on outdated 1960s radar boundaries. As we all know, NextGen touches every aspect of the agency's mission and currently costs roughly a billion dollars per year. It is also a job creator and vitally important to allow the United States to compete in the global marketplace. At the hearing 5 years ago, the Department of Transportation inspector general pointed out that a major factor in both capital and operating costs for NextGen is the degree to which the agency eliminates or consolidates FAA facilities." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: David Grizzle, Lou E. Dixon, Paul Rinaldi, G.K. Butterfield, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Howard Coble, and John W. Crichton.
Serial No. 112-88
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