FAA execs politically swaying workers?
Was federal law violated?
- Duration 4:15
- Date Sep 9, 2012
Was federal law violated?
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Welcome back to the FAA break the law by telling its employees how to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
Fox News has obtained an email from an FAA employee describing a meeting that took place saying quote.
What I took out of it was -- conservative Republicans gain control of congress from the FAA could be looking at as much as a 15% cut in budget.
And we may be looking at furloughs in short if the Republicans went -- -- our jobs may be affected if the Democrats -- office.
Then our jobs would not be.
Now there are calls for an investigation we're joined this morning by chairman of the house transportation and infrastructure committee.
-- -- of John -- Good to see you sir.
Good to be within that too good that appears some of our federal employees may be politically inseminated.
Yeah I congressman tell me what you make of that email what was the intent of the FAA employee.
In telling their employees that.
Well I don't know all the details -- now we have a watchdog group cause for action.
I'm cover some of this week -- our investigators on it this week and we've asked the inspector general to look into it back to.
It appears in Seattle in late may.
There was a mandatory meeting for career employees -- Some of the supervisory.
Personnel said exactly went it was quoted there.
Again we don't have all the details but the last thing you want at any time whether it's election time is the intimidation of and that these are hard work and civil -- so most of them to their job but they don't they they don't need to be told by anybody how to vote.
Yeah it reads to me like not only we suggest who you vote for.
But tell others who -- four and here's why now here's what the FAA.
Reacted to this story saying quote the FAA takes the hatch act violation allegations.
Very seriously and will cooperate fully with any review of the allegations.
As to the hatch act describe exactly what that is and why if this is true would be illegal.
Well that was set up for what purpose to make certain that federal employees.
Are are are not victimized -- -- they do you have a job in government but they should be told how to vote or.
-- to support or how -- the politically engaged for an obligation.
This may be a clear violation.
There are penalties that people could lose their jobs their salaries and a if there is a criminal referral there can also be subset -- very severe penalties but.
The first thing we've got to do is investigate the whole thing you want the -- you want people held accountable.
But the last thing he don't want again -- Whether again is that we're in the presidential election sort of funny season -- but.
Yeah regardless the hatch act was set up to protect people who who are hard workers -- Should be insulated from this type of intimidation.
Is there any truth to what this manager may have been saying that FAA employees will lose their jobs -- a vote goes a certain way.
-- I don't think so in.
First of all.
When the Democrats said good draw your -- look at the politics of that they couldn't pass an FA reauthorization.
And actually ensured their jobs is that we would have.
The best safety next generation air traffic control in place they couldn't pass a bill.
As chairman I was able to pass a bill and you know yes we did cut out some jobs and we -- some programs if you're looking for 3700.
Airline ticket subsidies in a program that grew from twenty million to a quarter of a billion.
We eliminated that in February but.
-- -- lot of room and -- -- -- for improvement and every agency every office in government today with -- Does situation we find them and ourselves a nationally financially has got to do a better jobs up.
If pierce -- often at the job you're you're you're not going to be rewarded you may not have that position but people are -- and a good job should be rewarded.
Yet this supervisor may have been right about one thing it may only be his job it's on the line because of what that those instructions were congressman John Mica thanks for being near them -- Great to be with --