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How to File an AIR21 Whistleblower Complaint

How to Notify the FAA

The FAA has the responsibility for investigating possible violations of Federal regulations, orders, or standards relating to aviation safety. The Office of Audit and Evaluation reviews all aviation safety related allegations and assesses the likelihood that a violation occurred. Your identity will be kept confidential from your company and the inspectors will not identify that a Whistleblower investigation is taking place.

You may submit an AIR21 Whistleblower complaint to the FAA in one of the following two ways:

  • The recommended method is to fill out and submit the Electronic Complaint Form
  • You can mail a complaint to the following address. You must include your identity, contact information, your job, the name of your employer, the type and date of discrimination against you, and a detailed list of the safety allegations you reported:
    Federal Aviation Administration
    Office of Audit and Evaluation
    Attn: WBPP Coordinator, Room 911
    800 Independence Ave SW
    Washington, DC 20591

NOTE: If you have questions about the program, you may call the AIR21 Whistleblower Protection Program Hotline at 844-322-9277 or 202 267-6563 and leave a voice message for the staff for a call-back. You must leave some details of your issue and a return phone number.

The Whistleblower Protection Program cannot accept anonymous input. If you wish to remain anonymous, you have no ability to redress an employment discrimination issue. To make an anonymous aviation safety report, complete the FAA Hotline Web Form.

How to Notify the Department of Labor/OSHA

The Secretary of Labor has delegated the authority to receive and process discrimination complaints under AIR21 to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Your complaint must be filed with OSHA within 90 days of the date you became aware of the employment discrimination to be considered timely. For instructions and a link for filing an AIR21 complaint, go to OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Programs.

NOTE: In order to accomplish their responsibilities to investigate your employment discrimination issues, OSHA must identify you to your company.

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