Regulatory

New Program Gives FAA a Retaliation-Free Reporting Environment

By Staff Writer | June 26, 2015

A new program has been created to help FAA employees feel "comfortable coming forward with safety concerns,” according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The Safety Review Process (SRP), an 18-month pilot program initiated on June 25 by the FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), is open to all bargaining-unit employees, and allows FAA members working in the Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) to elevate safety concerns without fear of retaliation. Under the SRP, an employee can file a confidential, online report to raise a safety issue or mention an event. An oversight board composed of FAA and NATCA representatives will review the report and determine whether or not to take action. Afterwards, the originating employee will be given a final report, and a separate resolution report (without any identifying information) will be posted for all AIR employees to view.
 
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