FAA and ATCA launch Advancing Acquisitions Challenge

The FAA is seeking suggestions on how to improve its acquisitions process
An Air India Boeing 747-400 arrives at JFK with the control tower in the background
An Air India Boeing 747-400 arrives at JFK with the control tower in the background -

The FAA has launched a competition to gather suggestions on how to improve its acquisitions process for air traffic control equipment and services in partnership with Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA).

The “Advancing Acquisitions Challenge” wants the industry to advise on how the FAA acquisition process can become more efficient and deliver capabilities sooner.

The FAA stressed that entries should not be a product pitch but should address areas such as:

  • Requirements that leverage the speed of industry and deliver reliable solutions for the NAS
  • Delivery of fast and agile requirements that can be easily and continually modernized and maximize robust government and industry involvement
  • Capabilities that promote competition now and into the future
  • Capabilities for the U.S. that minimize maintenance and sustainment costs of the NAS
  • Ideas to accelerate FAA’s investment, contracting and software development
  • Ideas to maximize the flexibility of the FAA’s acquisition management system to deliver capabilities sooner
  • Ideas on how to establish a clear and common understanding of a program baseline between the vendor and the FAA
  • How FAA can develop steps to advance innovation, collaboration, synchronization, and create a more proactive work flow

Submissions are open to any individual or organization from government, industry, as well as domestic and international NGOs, and are due by September 1st. The top eight will present to the panel of FAA leaders listed above at ATCA Global 2023.

All those who enter will receive a certificate of participation. A press release announcing the top eight finalists as well as all submitters will be released the week of October 1. The top eight finalists will also be listed on ATCA Global’ s website along with their submitted process recommendations. Placards detailing the finalists submittals will be located next to FAA Acquisitions booth in the ATCA Global Exhibit Hall.

Submissions can be made using this entry form.


Submissions Will Be Reviewed by:

  • Mark Teskey, assistant chief counsel for acquisitions and fiscal law, FAA
  • Nathan Tash, deputy assistant administrator for acquisition and business services, FAA
  • Katrina Hall, deputy chief operating officer, air traffic organization, FAA
  • Rebecca Guy, vice president, program management organization, FAA
  • David Rickard, deputy assistant administrator for financial services and chief financial officer, FAA
  • Jeffrey Planty, vice president, technical operations, FAA