For Immediate Release

June 11, 2008
Contact: Alison Duquette
Phone: (202) 267-3883

The FAA commends Doug Peters and Bobby Boutris for their steadfast commitment to aviation safety. Their actions clearly demonstrate that the FAA employs dedicated, professional inspectors who put public safety first.

We firmly believe in the Whistleblower Protection Act and have reiterated to the entire FAA workforce that this agency does not tolerate any retaliation against whistleblowers. We encourage all FAA employees to raise potential safety issues. Our senior executives recently traveled to FAA offices across the nation to make it clear that the FAA must have a safety culture that supports employees who make safety disclosures. We will take action against anyone who acts inappropriately toward whistleblowers.

The FAA is investigating the new safety concerns raised by Doug Peters and Bobby Boutris and we will continue to work with Congress, the Office of Special Counsel, and the DOT Inspector General to support their investigations.