Identifying the Workforce to Respond to a National Imperative: The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), Vols. I and II

September 2008 - While it is one of the safest and most reliable systems in the world, the Nation’s air transportation system must undergo a fundamental transformation to accommodate what is expected to be a doubling, or possibly tripling, in demand for air transportation by the year 2025.

The National Academy of Public Administration was asked to provide guidance to help FAA identify and hire a mission-driven workforce through its Congressionally authorized Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

Overview

While it is one of the safest and most reliable systems in the world, the Nation’s air transportation system must undergo a fundamental transformation to accommodate what is expected to be a doubling, or possibly tripling, in demand for air transportation by the year 2025. The National Academy  was asked to provide guidance to help FAA identify and hire a mission-driven workforce through its congressionally-authorized Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

Key Findings

While the Academy has provided guidance in this report to help FAA identify and hire the right workforce to make the NextGen transition, past efforts cast doubt on whether the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO) can successfully lead the overall transition to NextGen. The Academy believes that the nation would be best served by a unified and aggressive assessment of FAA’s overall readiness to successfully complete this critical mission. Such an assessment should focus on identifying not only the human capital challenges but also the organizational and environmental challenges that FAA faces as it moves forward with the NextGen transition.