FAA's Voice Communications and Administrative Computer Systems

T-IMTEC-89-3: Published: Apr 4, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 1989.

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to modernize and upgrade its automated systems. GAO found that: (1) FAA plans to develop a flexible and reliable Voice Switching and Control System (VSCS) at its 23 major air traffic control facilities; (2) VSCS is expected to provide communications for the controller work stations, serving up to 430 positions at each center; (3) FAA cost estimates for the system's development and implementation increased to about $730 million, because it did not consider relevant costs and contractors underestimated the system's requirements; (4) FAA deferred VSCS prototype testing until after contract award because of delays resulting from technical difficulties and unanticipated changes; and (5) limited prototype testing was inadequate to ensure that the system met FAA needs. GAO also found that: (1) the FAA Computer Resources Nucleus Project (CORN) will provide centralized, general-purpose data processing services through a single fee-for-service contract; (2) FAA estimates for CORN increased from $148 million to $1.5 billion due to the enlarged system scope; (3) the CORN contract will provide technical support and operations and maintenance services; and (4) FAA will operate its in-house system until CORN conversion is completed, at an estimated annual cost of $46 million.

Sep 27, 2018

Aug 2, 2018

Jun 13, 2018

May 24, 2018

May 23, 2018

May 22, 2018

Mar 14, 2018

Jan 30, 2018

Jan 10, 2018

Looking for more? Browse all our products here