Office of the Senator Roger Wicker, U.S Government has issued the following news release:
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee joined a group of 17 senators in writing a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta demanding an explanation regarding bonuses awarded to FAA employees earlier this year in advance of sequestration budget cuts.
The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the FAA notified employees in January of salary bonuses. Three months later, the FAA announced a plan to implement across the board furloughs due to sequestration, which resulted in travel delays for airline passengers. In April, Congress passed legislation that provided the FAA additional flexibility to transfer funding within the agency to prevent reduced operations and staffing.
In the letter, the senators wrote, “We are very concerned by these reports as they once again indicate both a lack of sound business management and a failure by the FAA to adequately plan for implementation of sequestration. At the time when sequestration was one month away, the FAA’s leadership ignored Secretary LaHood’s specific guidance and awarded bonuses.”