FAA's Donohue flies govt. coop

George Donohue, the Federal Aviation Administration's nominee for associate
administrator, is leaving the agency to work in the private sector.


Donohue was hired in 1994 to fix FAA's acquisition management system and modernize the
air traffic control system, tasks at which he was successful, FAAofficials said.


Presently the associate administrator for research and acquisition, Donohue joined FAA
after a stint as vice president at the Rand Corp. of Santa Monica, Calif.


He was also previously the director of the Aerospace and Strategic Technology Office
for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.


Donohue came to FAA at a time when the Advanced Automation System for Air Traffic
Control was failing. He restructured that program and put the Display System Replacement
(DSR) and Standard Terminal Automation Radar System (STARS) back on track, FAA officials
said.


Both programs are major components of the National Air Space Modernization Program. DSR
is set for operation in Seattle in October. STARS will be launched at Ronald Reagan
National Airport in Washington this summer.


Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater said Donohue was effective at FAA.


"George Donohue has provided outstanding leadership to help bring about
unprecedented procurement reform and technology modernization at the FAA," Slater
said. "His efforts to optimize those advances have led to a strengthened FAA that is
better equipped to meet the aviation challenges for the 21st century."


FAA officials say Donohue cut the time it takes FAA to make major acquisitions in half.
Donohue will continue his work on a human resources management program that will give FAA
employees benefits framed around industry standards.


Donohue acknowledges that administrator Jane Garvey needs help with safety, security
and airspace issues, but he withdrew his name for the job because FAA is not filling the
assistant slot fast enough. He was nominated for the post in May 1997.


Garvey said Donohue's accomplishments at FAA are impressive.


"The work we do on modernization will be building on the excellent foundation laid
by George Donohue," she said. "He's rendered important service to the field of
aviation."


Donohue is credited with conceiving the Flight 2000 initiative, which lets pilots plot
their own flight plans.


Flight 2000 is scheduled for testing in Alaska and Hawaii in 2000, and it will go
nationwide in 2005.


Donohue plans to leave this summer after budget hearings end. His successor has not
been named.


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John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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