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Project Title:

Staffing Needs of Systems Specialists in Aviation
PIN: DBASSE-BBCSS-12-06        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Transportation Research Board

Sub Unit: Board on Human-System Integration
Computer Science & Telecommuncations Board DEPS
Transportation Research Board Consensus and Advisory Studies Division

RSO: Wanchisen, Barbara

Subject/Focus Area: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Space and Aeronautics; Transportation and Infrastructure

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee will conduct a study of the assumptions and methods used by the Federal Aviation Administration to estimate staffing needs for FAA systems specialists to ensure proper maintenance and certification of the national airspace system. The committee will review available information on: (A) the duties of employees in job series 2101 (Airways Transportation Systems Specialist) in the Technical Operations service unit; (B) the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) union of the AFL-CIO; (C) the present-day staffing models employed by the FAA; (D) any materials already produced by the FAA including a recent gap analysis on staffing requirements; (E) current research on best staffing models for safety; and (F) non-US staffing standards for employees in similar roles. Additionally, the FAA will assist in the committee's efforts by identifying relevant stakeholder organizations and agencies and facilitating communication with them. Based on its analysis of the available information, the committee will produce a report that will include:

-a description and evaluation of current FAA staffing models and standards for systems specialists;
-recommendations for objective staffing standards that will maintain the safety of the National Airspace System going forward;
-and recommendations for the steps needed to transition from the current staffing models and approaches used by the FAA to the plans for staffing recommended by the committee.

The approximate start date for the project is August, 2012.

A report is expected to be issued in summer 2013.

Note (10-16-2012): The Project Scope has been revised and the updated version is shown above.

Project Duration: 12 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 10/18/2012
 Meeting 2 - 12/06/2012
 Meeting 3 - 01/23/2013
 Meeting 4 - 02/27/2013


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Assessment of Staffing Needs of Systems Specialists in Aviation