Safe flight

Last week, America's air traffic controllers announced a campaign to expose serious flaws at the Federal Aviation Administration, including the nonperformance of its information technology modernization program.

The Fly Us Safe Campaign — an onslaught of TV, Internet and print ads — is the brainchild of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. The labor union represents more than 20,000 air traffic controllers, engineers and other workers.

"In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Americans everywhere have been reminded of the indispensable role federal agencies play in protecting the public and the high price of poor planning and mismanagement," NATCA President John Carr said. "Now, as the nation assesses these agencies, America's air traffic controllers are blowing the whistle on serious and dangerous mismanagement by the FAA that is threatening passenger safety."

Public education will first focus on staffing shortages and the FAA's inability to modernize the infrastructure of the country's air traffic control facilities. You can view the new TV commercial at www.flyussafe. com. A toll-free action line (877- FLY-US-SAFE) will connect citizens with lawmakers to air their flight safety concerns.

Katrina costs

"Operation Offset" is what House Republicans have dubbed their proposed cuts to pay for Hurricane Katrina disaster relief. The Republican Study Committee, composed of more than 100 lawmakers, has targeted the National Science Foundation's Math and Science Partnership Program and NASA's Moon/Mars Initiative.

NSF's program promotes math and science education by providing teacher training and instructional materials. Lawmakers contend that the effort duplicates Education Department initiatives. Potential savings: $2 billion in the next 10 years, or $973 million in five years.

NASA's new vision for space exploration, which President Bush announced in 2004, would return humans to the moon by 2020 and eventually send people to Mars. Potential savings: $44 billion in the next 10 years, or $11.5 billion in five years.

The committee has also suggested canceling the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Advanced Technology Program, which awards grants to companies to develop and advance technology.

And the EA winners are...

Last month, FCW Events announced the winners of its third annual Excellence in Enterprise Architecture Awards at its annual enterprise architecture conference in Washington, D.C. The awards recognize best practices in developing and implementing successful enterprise architectures. The winners were chosen by the Excellence in Enterprise Architecture Selection Committee, which is composed of Enterprise Architecture Program Advisory Board members and Federal Enterprise Architecture Certification Institute faculty, including leaders from the public and private sectors who work on enterprise architecture programs.

The winners are:

  • Leadership in Government Transformation Award — The Joint Battle Management Command and Control's Capability Mapping Environment helps the Joint Forces Command address integration challenges with a network-centric, collaborative solution. The Requirements and Integration Directorate's Integrated Architectures and Systems Engineering Division runs the program.
  • Leadership in Enterprise Architecture Award — The Army Community and Family Support Center's Morale, Welfare and Recreation architecture helps the service improve the center's business processes.
  • Federal Civilian Leadership in Government Transformation Award — The Labor Department's architecture has helped increase productivity and quality of service while decreasing costs.
  • Federal Civilian Leadership in Enterprise Architecture Award — The Food and Drug Administration's architecture has helped the agency deploy technology that increases information sharing to respond to biological terrorism attacks, among other things.
  • State Award for Excellence in Enterprise Architecture — The Kansas Department of Transportation's architecture links its business strategies, initiatives, processes, data and technology initiatives.

FCW Events is part of FCW Media Group, which also owns Federal Computer Week.

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