The Chief Operating Officer for the air traffic control system is an officer appointed by the Administrator, with the approval of the Air Traffic Services Committee. The Chief Operating Officer will report directly to the Administrator and s/he will be under the authority of the Administrator. Such a person will be appointed for a period of five years.
The Chief Operating Officer must have ability in management and knowledge of or experience in aviation. The Administrator and the Chief Operating Officer will enter into an annual performance agreement that sets forth measurable organization and individual goals for the Chief Operating Officer in key operational areas. However, such an agreement will be subject to review and renegotiation on an annual basis. [49 USCS § 106]