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Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP)

The Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP) consists of field investigative and operational activities that support federal, state, and local agencies by denying anyone who would threaten national security access to the National Airspace System.

We take regulatory enforcement actions and, as appropriate, provide aviation-related support to law enforcement agencies seeking criminal prosecution or conducting airborne drug interdiction. Agents also provide training to law enforcement officers in aviation smuggling techniques and FAA resources.

The LEAP is run by FAA headquarters Office of National Security Programs and Incident Response, and special agents assigned to the Law Enforcement Assistance Program Division.

Prompt Settlement Policy Guidance For Legal Enforcement Actions

On September 24, 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published the "Settlement Policy for Legal Enforcement Actions Involving Medical Certificate Related Fraud, Intentional Falsification, Reproduction, or Alteration" in the Federal Register. See 85 Fed. Reg. 60057 (Sept. 24, 2020). This policy, also known as the "§ 67.403 prompt settlement policy" (PSP), affords eligible individuals who hold an airman or ground instructor certificate, and who are the subject of a legal enforcement action for violating 14 C.F.R. § 67.403(a), the opportunity to apply for a new airman or ground instructor certificate sooner than in the absence of this policy.

A different Prompt Settlement Policy Guidance is in effect for Commercial Pilots in Drug and Alcohol Testing Cases.

Under the policy for Legal Enforcement Actions Involving Medical Certificate Related Fraud, Intentional Falsification, Reproduction, or Alteration, following the issuance of an LOI for a violation of 14 CFR § 67.403(a), an eligible individual who is the subject of the legal enforcement action would have the opportunity to enter into a settlement agreement providing for (1) the acceptance of the prompt issuance of an order revoking the individual's airman or ground instructor certificates; (2) the immediate surrender of the affected certificates in response to the order; and (3) the waiver of appeal rights. The policy will also apply when any controlled substance conviction or motor vehicle action that was the basis for a violation of 14 CFR § 61.15(a), (d), or (e) also forms the basis for an intentional falsification. The eligible individual would still be subject to the one year post revocation bar applicable to applications for new airman or ground instructor certificates, but would have the opportunity to apply for such certificates generally sooner than under the current process because much of the investigation and evaluation processes would be abbreviated or eliminated. Moreover, this policy will generally add predictability as to when the FAA would issue the order and, accordingly, when an individual could submit an application for a new airman or ground instructor certificate. This policy, which became effective September 30, 2020, applies to airman certificate holders who are first-time violators of 14 C.F.R. § 67.403(a).

How to Participate

Under this policy, the FAA will notify individuals who appear to have violated 14 CFR § 67.403(a) that they may contact the FAA within ten days of receipt of the notice to request consideration for a prompt settlement of the legal enforcement action. If an individual requests to be considered under the policy, the FAA will determine the individual's eligibility for the policy. The policy is not available when there is a question about an individual's qualification to hold a part 61, 63, or 65 certificate other than that presented by the 14 CFR § 67.403(a) violation. It is also not available for individuals who the FAA has found to have previously violated 14 CFR § 67.403(a). If an individual is eligible for prompt settlement, the FAA Office of the Chief Counsel, Enforcement Division, will send the individual a formal agreement that sets forth the conditions for prompt settlement, including those enumerated in the previous paragraph. Upon receipt of an executed agreement, FAA enforcement counsel will issue an emergency order initiating the revocation period.

If you have questions about the § 67.403(a) prompt settlement policy, please contact the investigator handling your matter, whose contact information will be in the letter you receive.

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