Enforcement

What We Do

The Enforcement Division (AGC-300) is the legal enforcement office of the FAA. The Division has independent affirmative authority to take certificate actions, civil penalty actions, and issue other orders to FAA-issued certificate holders and other regulated entities for noncompliance with aviation laws and regulations. Specifically, Division attorneys litigate certificate actions before the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and civil penalty actions before the Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Hearings. In this role, attorneys handle, from initiation to conclusion, cases involving a wide variety of statutory and regulatory violations including those involving illegal drone operations, unruly passengers, certificate holder falsification, improper aircraft maintenance, medical disqualification, illegal aircraft charters, and more. Division attorneys also provide assistance to the Department of Justice in civil enforcement cases before Federal courts. The Division handles appellate litigation, including administrative appeals and, under a delegation of authority from the Department of Justice, certain enforcement cases on review before the U.S. Courts of Appeal. Division attorneys also advise on enforcement matters and initiatives, work with FAA offices on the development and review of compliance and enforcement policies and procedures, and coordinate with other Federal and State agencies regarding matters concerning aviation safety.