Air Traffic Skills Assessment (ATSA)
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control Specialists (ATCS) are responsible for the safe and efficient flow of air traffic in the National Airspace System (NAS). Given the safety-critical nature of this job, and the substantial investment in training required for ATCS certification, the FAA Office of Human Resources (AHR) Office of Aviation Careers uses a specialized process to select the best-qualified job candidates for employment. The ATCS pre-employment selection testing program represents a key step in the hiring process. The Air Traffic Skills Assessment (ATSA), a computer-based, entry-level employment-selection test battery, evaluates the required critical knowledge, skills, abilities, and other personal characteristics (KSAOs), to help the FAA determine the candidates best qualified for an ATCS position. The FAA conducted this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) in accordance with Section 208 of the E‐Government Act of 2002 because the FAA collects, uses, and maintains the personally identifiable information (PII) of ATCS candidates in order to administer the ATSA, evaluate scores, and select candidates.