FAA and the National Weather Service Are Considering Plans to Consolidates Weather Service offices, But Face Significant Challenges

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GAO-09-761 Aviation Weather: FAA and the National Weather Service
Contents
Letter 1
Background…2
Proposal to Consolidate Center Weather Service Units Is under Consideration…12
NWS and FAA Are Working to Establish a Baseline of Current Performance, but Are Not Assessing Key Measures…15
NWS and FAA Face Challenges in Efforts to Modify the Current
Aviation Weather Structure 18
Conclusions…24
Recommendations for Executive Action 24
Agency Comments and Our Evaluation…25
Appendix I Objectives, Scope, and Methodology…27
Appendix II Comments from the Department of Commerce…29
Appendix III GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments…33
Tables
Table 1: Key Weather Products Provided by the Aviation Weather Center…5
Table 2: Systems Used in the Center Weather Service Units…8
Table 3: Key Products and Services Provided by Center Weather Service Units…9
Table 4: Chronology of Efforts by FAA and NWS…10
Table 5: Approximate Costs (in millions) for the Transition…15
Table 6: Performance Measures Identified by FAA and NWS…16
Table 7: Status of Efforts to Identify Baseline Performance…17
Table 8: Key Events in FAA and NWS Interactions…19
Figures
Figure 1: FAA Facilities Involved in Air Traffic Control…4
Figure 2: Center Weather Service Unit Locations and Service Areas…7
Figure 3: Proposed Center Weather Service Unit Structure…13

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