OSC Validates GAP Client’s Concerns over Airline Mechanic Security Background Checks
GAP is commending the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for recently ordering Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to investigate a whistleblowing disclosure of “gross mismanagement, abuse of authority, and substantial and specific danger to public safety at the Federal Aviation Administration” made by GAP client Gabe Bruno.
Bruno, a former FAA Manager of the Orlando Flight Standards District Office, alleged in November 2007 that the FAA lacks a national security screening mechanism for certain mechanics that received fraudulent certificates, but have refused to, or failed to fully complete, a recertification program.
These bad certificates were obtained from 1995-1999: One such mechanic’s name on the list is the same name as a 9/11 hijacker, and 33 others share the same P.O. Box number in Saudi Arabia . Bruno is concerned that these individuals may still be working for commercial airliners. Link to original and complete story: http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/wfaa/localnews/news8/stories/wfaa090423_mo_aircraft_.104d52899.html