Controller hiring may delay FAA systems rollout

If it has to, the Federal Aviation Administration will forgo some of its systems modernization to cover salary and training for the 12,500 air traffic controllers it expects to hire during the next 10 years.

'If funding availability is insufficient, FAA will have to make cuts in other less critical systems' support, delay the implementation of new programs or reduce services in order to provide funding for controller hiring,' the agency said in a new hiring strategy released late last month.

FAA administrator Marion Blakey said the report details the agency's controller needs and how such technology as simulators and online learning can help reduce training costs and time.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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