WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Subcommittee on Aviation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), will hold a hearing next Wednesday on the ongoing delays in the FAA’s air traffic control system modernization program, known as NextGen.
More than a decade ago, Congress, the federal government, and the aviation industry began working on a program to transform our World War II-era air traffic control system into a modern air traffic management system capable of meeting future air traffic demands. However, while NextGen is widely regarded as one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects in U.S. history, the program has earned a reputation for schedule delays and cost overruns, according to elected officials.
The Inspector General (IG) of the U.S. Department of Transportation will testify on Wednesday, July 17, regarding the preliminary findings of a draft audit of the NextGen program’s delays. The FAA administrator, Michael Huerta, will also testify before the subcommittee.
The hearing, “Causes of Delays to the FAA’s NextGen Program,” is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.
More information about the hearing, including testimony, additional background information, and a link to a live webcast, can be found here as it becomes available.