Tag Archive: Boeing Whistleblowers


Review:  The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case, reported in September of 2008, involving Boeing to claify the rules governing lawsuits by Whistle-blowers who say they have evidence of fraud against the federal government. 

 

To read this full story, go here: 

Boeing appeal on fraud claim to be heard by high court”

Link to Original:  http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/PrintStory.pl?document_id=2003277246&zsection_id=2002119995&slug=boeingcase27&date=20060927

 

 

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Here are two articles from the Seattle Times regarding Boeing’s woes with problems of quality of manufacturing and damage to their new project, the “Dreamliner.”  The damage was reported to be “incorrect fasteners which were improperly installed in the wrong holes causing damage to the composite structure during the join process.”  “It was further reported that ‘each fastener “splintered out the hole,” causing the carbon-fiber threads in the composite structure to break out from the plastic resin.’  I’ve linked the two Times articles for your ease in linking. 

 

My main question is, why is Boeing being so hard on their employees, (ex.  Gerald Eastman, former Q.A. Inspector in Seattle), who report manufacturing or parts problems?  People who report problems should not be out of hand labeled whistleblowers, and then targeted for misery.  They are after all, looking out for the best long-term interests of their company, as well as for the safety of the American public and military, not to mention others worldwide. 

-GFS

 

 

Link to original story:  Damage to Boeing 787 fuselage piece at S.C. plant may delay flight tests.

 

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/boeingaerospace/2008026631_dreamliner01.html

 

 

 

Link to original article:  Boeing 787 supplier halts work for 24 hours after FAA audit

 

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2008028693_global020.html

 

 

 

From www.pogo.org    Click on Blog. 

It appears the sudden rash of Boeing bringing up whistleblowers on criminal charges, (See Eastman case and others mentioned here and at other sites), may have something to do with Boeing Management agreement with the Department of Justice, Deferred Prosecution Agreements.   It falls under “Boeing’s promises and obligations” within the deferred prosecution agreement between Boeing and the Department of Justice.

Perhaps this has allowed Boeing management to accuse employees, including whistleblowers (whom they refuse to acknowledge are whistleblowers), of crimes, prosecute them, and therefore “prove” they are trying to do right, thereby escaping the Boeing Company itself from being held culpable for the violations of the agreements, many of which were put into place as a resolution of the Darlene Druyan, ”Tanker Deal” affair. 

It is the opinion of this observer, as it appears much has come out in Mr. Eastman’s case which would expose Boeing Corporate and Management’s involvement in directing improprieties, all of which should be exposed for what it is and the responsibility and blame put where it really belongs, squarely on the shoulders of Boeing Corporate level managers, right from the top down.  -GFS

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May 30, 2008

 

DOJ Documents Shed Light on Deferred Prosecution Agreements and Corporate Monitors

Deferred prosecution agreements, non-prosecution agreements and corporate monitors are three legal terms that, until quite recently, meant nothing to non-lawyers.

That began to change late last year when word got around that former Attorney General John Ashcroft landed a lucrative position as a corporate monitor courtesy of a former employee, U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie. Christie gave the job to his former boss under a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA), a deal which allowed the company Christie’s office was investigating for fraud to escape prosecution by agreeing to certain terms. One of those terms was paying up to $52 million to Ashcroft’s consulting firm to serve as an independent overseer making sure the company behaves for a certain period of time.

Soon, Congress got involved. In January, it put the Justice Department on the hot seat, requesting documents showing how U.S. Attorneys are using these new prosecutorial tools. Two weeks ago, Justice responded with a batch of documents relating to DPAs, NPAs (non-prosecution agreements, which are like DPAs except they do not involve the filing of formal criminal charges) and corporate monitors. The documents are now posted on the House Judiciary Committee’s web site.

Judging from Congress’ initial reaction, the Justice Department isn’t off the hook yet. The documents show 85 DPAs and NPAs that U.S. Attorney’s offices around the country have entered into with companies in recent years, including some that appear in POGO’s Federal Contractor Misconduct Database: Boeing, British Petroleum, ITT and Textron. However, according to Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), he found another 12 agreements that were not included in the documents.

The documents also identify the corporate monitors who were selected in 41 of the agreements (see page 5 of Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski’s letter to Conyers). At least 30 of these monitors are, like Ashcroft, former prosecutors or other government officials.

The Justice Department defends its use of DPAs, NPAs and corporate monitors as a “middle ground” between not prosecuting corporate crime at all and throwing the book at companies, which often involves enormous investments of the government’s time and money and risks hurting innocent employees and shareholders who had nothing to do with the misconduct. POGO and Congress, on the other hand, are still concerned about the lack of accountability and transparency.

— Neil Gordon