A primary factor in achieving our goal of making the FAA an employer of choice is recognizing that “People are our strength—our success depends on the respect, diversity, collaboration, and commitment of our workforce.” I know our employees value a workplace environment where they can feel respected and appreciated for their contributions. All of us at the FAA want a workplace that values and respects all employees and is free of inappropriate behavior and harassment.

As professionals in the workplace, we are accountable for our actions. The Accountability Board was created in 1998 to ensure that each of us lives up to this standard. The Board’s mission is to oversee management’s response to allegations of harassment or other misconduct based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age and disability. The Accountability Board also addresses allegations of reprisal for use of the Board’s process.

I am fully committed to the mission and goal of the Accountability Board and expect the same commitment from everyone at the FAA. Together with the Accountability Board, we can ensure a workplace free of harassment for all. Information about how to report allegations of harassment and about the Accountability Board may be found at: http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ahr/offices/

J. Randolph Babbitt

September 2010