EXECUTIVE ORDER: Air Traffic Performance-Based Organization
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                            December 7, 2000

                              EXECUTIVE ORDER

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     By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the
laws of the United States of America, and in order to further improve the
provision of air traffic services, an inherently governmental function, in
ways that increase efficiency, take better advantage of new technologies,
accelerate modernization efforts, and respond more effectively to the needs
of the traveling public, while enhancing the safety, security, and
efficiency of the Nation's air transportation system, it is hereby ordered
as follows:

     Section 1.  Establishment of the Air Traffic Organization.  (a) The
Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) shall, consistent with his legal
authorities, move to establish within the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) a performance-based organization to be known as the "Air Traffic
Organization" (ATO).

     (b) The ATO shall be composed of those elements of the FAA's Air
Traffic Services and Research and Acquisition organizations that have
direct connection and give support to the provision of day-to-day
operational air traffic services, as determined by the Administrator of the
Federal Aviation Administration (Administrator).  The Administrator may
delegate responsibility for any operational activity of the air traffic
control system to the head of the ATO.  The Administrator's responsibility
for general safety, security, and policymaking functions for the National
Airspace System is unaffected by this order.

     (c) The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Air Traffic Control
System, established by the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform
Act for the 21st Century (Air-21) (Public Law 106-181), shall head the ATO
and shall report directly to the Administrator and be subject to the
authority of the Administrator.  The COO, in consultation with the Air
Traffic Control Subcommittee of the Aviation Management Advisory
Committee, shall enter into an annual performance agreement with the
Administrator that sets forth measurable organization and individual goals
in key operational areas and describes specific targets and how such goals
will be achieved.  The COO may receive an annual bonus not to exceed 30
percent of the annual rate of basic pay, based upon the Administrator?s
evaluation of the COO?s performance in relation to the targets and goals
described above.

     (d) The COO shall develop a 5-year strategic plan for the air traffic
control system, including a clear statement of the mission and objectives
for the system's safety, efficiency, and productivity.  This strategic plan
must ensure that ATO actions are consistent with long-term FAA strategies
for the aviation system as a whole.

     (e) The COO shall also enter into a framework agreement with the
Administrator that will establish the relationship of the ATO with the
other organizations of the FAA.

     Sec. 2.  Purpose.  The FAA's primary mission is to ensure the safety,
security, and efficiency of the National Airspace System.  The purpose of
this order is to enhance that mission and further improve the delivery of
air traffic services to the American public by reorganizing the FAA's air
traffic services and related offices into a performance-based,
results-oriented, organization.  The ATO will be better able to make use of
the unique procurement and personnel authorities that the FAA currently has
and to better use the additional management reforms enacted by the Congress
this year under Air-21.  Specifically, the ATO shall:

     (a) optimize use of existing management flexibilities and authorities
to improve the efficiency of air traffic services and increase the capacity
of the system;

     (b) develop methods to accelerate air traffic control modernization
and to improve aviation safety related to air traffic control;

     (c) develop agreements with the Administrator of the FAA and users of
the products, services, and capabilities it will provide;

     (d) operate in accordance with safety performance standards developed
by the FAA and rapidly respond to FAA safety and security oversight

     (e) consult with its customers, the traveling public, including direct
users such as airlines, cargo carriers, manufacturers, airports, general
aviation, and commercial space transportation providers, and focus on
producing results that satisfy the FAA's external customer needs;

     (f) consult with appropriate Federal, State, and local public
agencies, including the Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration, to determine the best practices for meeting the
diverse needs throughout the National Airspace System;

     (g) establish strong incentives to managers for achieving results; and

     (h) formulate and recommend to the Administrator any management,
fiscal, or legislative changes necessary for the organization to achieve
its performance goals.

     Sec. 3.  Aviation Management Advisory Committee.  The Air Traffic
Control Subcommittee of the Aviation Management Advisory Committee shall
provide, consistent with its responsi-bilities under Air-21, general
oversight to ATO regarding the administration, management, conduct,
direction, and supervision of the air traffic control system.

     Sec. 4.  Evaluation and Report.  Not later than 5 years after the date
of this order, the Aviation Management Advisory Committee shall provide to
the Secretary and the Administrator a report on the operation and
effectiveness of the ATO, together with any recommendations for management,
fiscal, or legislative changes to enable the organization to achieve its

     Sec. 5.  Definitions.  The term "air traffic control system" has the
same meaning as the term defined by section 40102(a)(42) of title 49,
United States Code.

     Sec. 6. Judicial Review.  This order does not create any right or
benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by a party against
the United States, its agencies, its officers, or any person.

                              WILLIAM J. CLINTON

    December 7, 2000.

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