Says Agency Does Well With Identifying Its Own
Given the agency's
recent, high-profile series of blunders regarding maintenance
inspections at the nation's airlines, our brains have some
difficulty joining the terms "Federal Aviation Administration" and
"accountability excellence" in the same sentence. Then again... we
don't work for the government.
For the fourth time in five years, the Association of Government
Accountants (AGA) bestowed one of its top honors to the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) for the agency’s 2007
Performance and Accountability Report. The association's 15,000
members consider the Certificate of Excellence in Accountability
Reporting (CEAR) the "highest form of recognition in federal
government management reporting."
"The bottom line begins and ends with accountability," said
Robert A. Sturgell, the FAA's acting administrator. "As public
servants, we're holding ourselves to a higher standard. We made a
commitment to manage the taxpayer's investment. The CEAR Award is
confirmation that we're taking care of business."
Published in November 2007, the FAA report examined the
performance, management, and financial direction of the agency in
meeting its strategic goals toward a safer and more efficient
global airspace system. The FAA measures these goals through
specific programs and policies, which are accompanied by specific,
measurable performance metrics.
AGA’s CEAR program has helped agencies produce
high-quality performance and accountability reports since 1997. The
program was established in conjunction with the Chief Financial
Officers Council and the Office of Management and Budget to improve
financial and program accountability by streamlining reporting and
improving the effectiveness of reporting by federal agencies.
The AGA wrote in a letter to the agency, "FAA has prepared a
well written Performance and Accountability Report. Presenting
contexts for the information and the liberal use of transitions has
resulted in a readable and interesting document. The explanations
of the reasons and plans for unmet performance measures are a
tribute to FAA’s transparency."
In other words, the FAA may have its problems... but it also
acknowledges them, which is a start...