The Federal Aviation Act of 1958 gives the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 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 United States (U.S.) commercial space transportation.
One of the programs that helps the FAA fulfill these responsibilities is the Aeronautical Center Security Management System (ACSMS), which is used by security forces to authenticate individuals attempting to access the Aeronautical Center. The business functions provided by this Information System are:
- Temporary Access Badge creation. The system creates temporary access badges for federal personnel upon hire.
- Key inventory. The system maintains an inventory of magnetic and metal keys issued to personnel for access to varying parts of the facility.
- Parking Permit Tracking. The system tracks vehicle information associated with parking permits issued to federal employees and contractors.
- Visitor and vehicles not covered by permit tracking.
This system relates to the mission of the FAA by providing the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC) security forces the ability to verify the identity of individuals entering the facility which ensures that only authorized personnel are admitted.