FAA's SWIM program is drowning

A Federal Aviation Administration program designed to streamline data communications among all NextGen air traffic systems has no clear path for achieving its goals, according to an audit issued June 15 by the Transportation Department’s Inspector General's Office.

The audit found that the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program, still in its early development stages, is more than $100 million over budget and is running behind schedule by two years.

The FAA has agreed with the IG's six recommendations for organizing SWIM to mitigate further costs and delays.

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Reader comments

Thu, Dec 1, 2011

DOT IG needs to check on NVS another NexGen program and how it's being managed. There are strong indications to try to steer this contract to a specific vendor home based in Brussels...nice travel for meetings for lead of comm group. He hosted a tequila party middle of the day yesterday for FAA personnel, contractors and possibly some potential bidders. Even rented a party van for transport, was leave time used and who paid for the van and the tequila??? Isn't this fraud, waste and abuse???

Thu, Dec 1, 2011

DOT IG needs to check on NVS another NexGen program and how it's being managed. There are strong indications to try to steer this contract to a specific vendor home based in Brussels...nice travel for meetings for lead of comm group. He hosted a tequila party middle of the day yesterday for FAA personnel, contractors and possibly some potential bidders. Even rented a party van for transport, was leave time used and who paid for the van and the tequila??? Isn't this fraud, waste and abuse???

Tue, Jun 21, 2011 RT

Shades of the Advanced Automation System! Lets hope they don't just rename components and jump ahead without really looking first.

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