The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility to carry out safety programs to ensure the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. The FAA is responsible for:
- Regulating civil aviation to promote safety;
- Encouraging and developing civil aeronautics, including new aviation technology;
- Developing and operating a system of air traffic control and navigation for both civil and military aircraft;
- Developing and carrying out programs to control aircraft noise and other environmental effects of civil aviation; and
- Regulating U.S. commercial space transportation.
One of the programs that help FAA fulfill this mission is PRISM, which supports multiple purchasing sites, electronic routing and approval, requisitioning, electronic notifications, contract management, and post award processing and closeout. PRISM system architecture allows it to integrate and communicate seamlessly with existing systems such as financial or inventory. PRISM software is directly integrated with DOT's core accounting system, DELPHI. Financial data is exchanged with the Logistical Information System (LIS) server in Kansas City. The data exchanged involves hundreds of application program interface (API) data elements, attributes and associated mappings.