Thousands of safety-critical FAA employees are furloughed or forced to work without pay
Washington (January 16, 2019) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Daniel K. Elwell inquiring about the steps the FAA is taking to maintain aviation safety during the government shutdown. Since the lapse in federal funding, thousands of FAA employees have been furloughed, thousands more have been forced to work without pay, and several safety-critical functions have ground to a halt.
“As the agency entrusted to ‘provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world,’ not an hour, let alone a day, should go by without total commitment to this goal, even during this shutdown,” writes Senator Markey in the letter. “It is essential that Congress and the public understand the effect of the lapse in federal funding on FAA operations and aviation safety.”
A copy of Senator Markey’s letter can be found HERE.
In the letter, Senator Markey asks the FAA to respond to questions that include: