Exposing FAA Corruption & Discrimination Against Veterans and Students of All Races
Exposing FAA Corruption & Discrimination Against             Veterans and Students of All Races

Growing Concern Over FAA Controller Hiring Policy

By Robert W. Poole, Jr.

 

Reason Foundation Director of Transportation Policy and Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow

 

ISSUE NO. 119 - JANUARY 2015 

 

The FAA's controversial 2014 controller hiring policy—opening it up to "off-the-street" candidates and requiring everyone to first "pass" a Biographical Assessment (BA)—is attracting more critical attention. A bipartisan Safe Towers Act was introduced last year by Reps. Randy Hultgren (R, IL) and Dan Lipinski (D, IL), and will be reintroduced in the new Congress. It would eliminate use of the BA and reinstate the long-standing FAA preference for graduates of ATC courses at colleges in the Collegiate Training Initiative and former military controllers. It would also allow those who did not "pass" the 2014 BA to re-apply, which is not currently allowed.

 

FAA has never given a straightforward explanation for the new procedure, which is widely believed to be motivated by concerns within the FAA Human Resources office that too high a fraction of controllers are white males. Officials of CTI colleges, such as Curt Scott of Green River College in Auburn, WA, told Air Traffic Management that "CTI schools had already provided a large and very diverse pool of available, 'ready to train' candidates—which the FAA BA personality test screened out for the most part, disqualifying over 90%."

 

Fox 10 in Phoenix reported on Dec. 23, 2014 that it had obtained internal FAA documents and emails relating to the new hiring approach, claiming that they "show the biographical assessment was never validated, and the agency knew it was flawed." It reported an email saying the agency "has restricted briefings on the background and development of the BA, citing advice [from counsel] amid concerns of legal challenges." An email from a deputy assistant administrator was reported as saying, "I want to consolidate a few different email chains and make sure everyone is on the same page . . . we have to find a way to address Congressional inquiries without hurting our cause when it comes to litigation." Our cause?

 

Despite this defensiveness, yet another email reported as "particularly troubling . . . the large number of CTI candidates who were previously qualified, many of whom had already passed the Air Traffic Selection and Training (AT-SAT) test with high test scores, who were subsequently deemed ineligible because of the BA." Another such email noted that "Some FAA Employee Associations have expressed concern that many very qualified minority and women candidates, as well as veterans, were deemed ineligible based on the BA."

 

The only defense from FAA that I'm aware of is that the BA was intended as a screening device, to avoid the huge expense of administering the AT-SAT to some 22,500 applicants—as opposed to the 1,591 deemed to have passed the BA and thereby eligible to take the AT-SAT. But that justification is ludicrous. It rests on the premise that FAA should open its doors to "off-the-street" applicants, rather than limiting applicants to former military controllers and CTI graduates, as had been the practice prior to 2014.

 

That's the course recommended in 2005 by the DOT Office of Inspector General in AV-2006-021, "FAA Has Opportunities to Reduce Academy Training Time and Cost by Increasing Educational Requirements for Newly Hired Air Traffic Controllers." The idea was that FAA would shift some of the coursework now taught at its Academy to the CTI schools, enabling most such graduates to finish the Academy course in less time and possibly enabling some to bypass it altogether and go straight to on-the-job training. This would also be consistent with the requirement in many federal professional job categories for a college degree. It would also be consistent with the 2011 recommendations of FAA's Independent Review Panel on the Selection, Assignment, and Training of Air Traffic Control Specialists.

 

Frankly, the effort to politicize the selection and training of air traffic controllers does great harm to the ATO's standing as one of the world's best ANSPs. It is yet another reason to de-politicize the ATO, by removing it from the FAA and converting it into a self-supporting, commercialized ANSP.

And the taxpayer beatdown goes on…

and on… and on……

 

Mary McMillan TETRATECH AMT listed as a “program analyst” on invoices to FAA- under contract issued from travel mate JT’s office ….

 

Who, what, why, where …RECAP:

 

1. Million of dollars in contracts issued without statements of work/competition by Joe Teixeira’s office to TetraTech AMT…

 

2. These contracts are being used to establish alleged “past performance” in ATC training (a requirement for government contracts) by TetraTech AMT…

 

3. Past performance is needed to be “awarded” the new CTC contract worth $500,000,000.00- yes at least 500 million dollars

 

4. Despite no deliverables Teixeira’s disgustingly servile lapdog Dirty D. Boone gives TetraTech AMT a 96% performance rating.

 

5. It gets better ….Mary bills the FAA for work as a program analyst for work not done….. 

Stubborn Questions For The FAA- Part 5

 

  1. Are current and ex FAA employees (many of them NATCA members who encouraged family and friends to attend CTI schools or enlist as a controller) working behind the scenes to gather evidence as well as volunteering to sign sworn affidavits or testify in front of Congress regarding the FAA's hiring debacle? (Yes, including but not limited to some very CREDIBLE members who have spent decades training controllers).
  2. Did some BIO-Q passers (not including the one with a DUI, zero aviation experience, or those who didn't even want an ATC job) have to repeat ATC related course curriculum because they failed to receive a satisfactory grade? (Yes, big thanks to the above militia who was able to provide this information among other tasty tidbits we will save for a later day and time).
  3. Could the FAA hire every applicant in the existing pipeline as of December 31st, 2013 and give them a TOL to help with the controller deficit (Yes, and my Congressmen as well as those in neighboring districts are baffled as to why this wasn't done yet. They have all the information they need regarding this).
  4. Was my Congressmen bemused when I showed them qualifications of myself and my peers including but not limited to CTO's issued by the FAA, pilot's licenses, dispatcher certification, tremendous aviation experience, military experience, CTI/ATC coursework, and statements against OTS hiring from lifelong FAA employees who provided sourced, factual information for them to reference? (Yes).
  5. Does the FAA mitigate much of their advantage in CTI student hiring by assigning students who took TERMINAL CLASSES an EN ROUTE FACILITY and vice versa (Yes. I just learned this happened after the BIO-Q and has been going on forever. Another feather in the CTI cap. You send kids who ran tower labs and terminal approach scenarios for a couple semesters to En route facilities and they STILL are doing significantly better than the OTS hires. The FAA is wasting a built in advantage there as well….what a shock. Thanks again to the militia who did some matching with transcripts and placement of candidates).
  6. Is the FAA currently in communication with CTI schools regarding who graduated and received a recommendation? (Nope. Not to our knowledge. Congress, still curious….).
  7. Do we have much, much, more information we are sitting on (Yes).
  8. Did the Barrier Analysis conducted by Dr James Outtz recommend that the relationship of the FAA with the CTI schools be strengthened? (Yes).
  9. Will stalling and delaying responses to congress work (N0).
  10. Is the FAA trying to stall and delay answering questions to beat the morale out of the CTI students and military applicants that were wronged? (Yes).
  11. Did Terry Craft confirm on video that the diversity advantage was mitigated by Carolyn Bostick's neolithic incompetence? (Yes, this excuse also makes zero sense to me but probably is more canned FAA deception. Previously your age had frozen if you were awarded a TOL, so what was the problem? Someone is huffing paint when they come up with this nonsense....maybe they need to hand out some randoms at headquarters...Carolynn if you're feeling that generous with handouts why not give up your job to an OTS applicant?).
  12. Did Terry Craft confirm on video that CTI students were diverse and Michael Huerta was aware of it? (Yes).
  13.  Is the FAA trying to stall and delay answering questions to beat the morale out of the CTI students and military applicants that were wronged? (Yes).
  14. Will stalling and delaying responses to congress work (N0).

 

THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE FAA INFORMERS. PLEASE KEEP THE DOCUMENTS COMING

Stubborn Questions for the FAA Part 4:

 

Under the FAA's Biographical Questionnaire could a CTI program dropout get referred for hire over military controllers and CTI graduates (Yes)

 

Was my Congressional representative upset when I showed them Molly Harris' internal communications urging the FAA to deceive Congress? (Yes)

 

Did some off-the street applicants who passed the Bio-Q have no intent of ever becoming a controller, have zero aviation experience, admittedly guess on answers, and/or not complete their own test? (Yes)

 

Did some of those who passed the BIO-Q "forget" to turn in required paperwork since they were unable to pass a drug test and/or had a criminal record? (Yes)

 

Here's some FAA logic for you. The FAA didn't select CTI graduates with outstanding resumes and clean backgrounds along with military controllers who pass drug tests regularly.

 

Coming soon Stubborn Questions Part 5 and the FAA's "Playbook"

 

Stubborn Questions for the FAA Part 3:

 

Does the FAA still avoid answering any questions involving their reports that show an indisputable advantage of hiring CTI/WQ applicants?  (Yes)

 

Do FAA shills tout that you either have what it takes or don't to be a controller (Yes)

 

Note: No matter how much anecdotal evidence you want to cite...CTI graduates succeed at a much higher rate despite it not being adjusted for first facility difficulty, hmmm CTI's were challenged more because they were deemed able to handle it and less likely to fail. Also FAA please tell us about the success rate of the ELITE CTI schools versus off the street, we could use another chuckle. 

 

Another argument we see your minions using is that the FAA used to always hire off the street....like when resumes were actually reviewed, there wasn't an option to go to CTI school,  and the academy had rigorous standards. This of course well before the kids from Riddle, Beaver, Purdue, UND, etc. were running up the score. Hey FAA is your next move really going to be touting that some students couldn't afford a student loan to a community college? Or that colleges don’t have scholarships for students to attend schools basically free of charge? Newsflash: WE (graduates of all genders, races, and financial situations)  couldn't either but we were willing to do whatever it took.  Students moving far from home, accruing debt, working for minimum wage, or working multiple jobs WHILE attending CTI programs.

 

Is FAAMA against the FAA's hiring procedures? (Yes)

 

Was someone with 35 procedural errors on the AT-SAT referred for hiring? (Yes)

 

Have high ranking FAA officials been told by current CPC's, supervisors, and management that they made a colossal mistake with the last round of hiring? (Yes)

 

Does the FAA require highly specialized aviation related experience for an ATA (Air Traffic Assistant, subordinate to a controller) who gives ZERO control instructions (Yes)

 

Could the FAA hire all wronged previously well-qualified CTI students and shore up hiring for the foreseeable future? (Yes)

 

Has Joe Teixeira lost numerous EEO complaints? (Yes)

 

Did the FAA stop hiring off the street candidates because they "just weren't working out" and didn't allow them to apply to any new bids in 2010 and 2011? (Yes,  See: Pubnat 8 was 2009. They hired from that list in fall 2010/Spring 2011)

and:

 

Do many of the FAA higher ups have higher education (Yes, including but not limited to Teixeira, Bristol, Harris, Huerta.... we STILL can’t find Rickie’s resume- anyone?)

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THANKS TO ALL WHISTLEBLOWERS- FAA HEADQUARTERS, REGIONAL OFFICES AND DISTRICTS, FACILITIES, OKC, NJ.....

 

PLEASE KEEP THE INFORMATION COMING

 

 

More From Joe’s Teixeira’s Business Plan On How He Was Going To Benefit “*Third-Party Entities.”

 

*( TetraTech, Infina, etc.)

 

** SPECIAL NOTE TO OKLAHOMA CITY- JOE’S PLANNING ON SCREWING YOU OVER ALSO

Risk

Risk Classification

Mitigation/Response

If stakeholders perceive the FAA is “getting rid” of the Academy in Oklahoma City, then they may withdraw their support or actively oppose the vision.

High

The FAA will need to communicate a message that the FAA Academy’s air traffic mission will evolve into an advanced state-of-the-art training center of excellence that will provide recurrent and specialized training for the controller workforce and continue to need highly experienced instructors to administer training. The Academy will lead the office that accredits educational institutions to recognize FAA-approved programs. Furthermore, they will continue to train other Aviation career fields such as airway transportation system specialists and aviation inspectors. The evaluation will NOT result in the FAA “getting rid” of the Academy. We continue to anticipate a need for training.

Students currently enrolled in the AT-CTI Program will be faced with changes in the curriculum and the program. These students have planned their educational career based on this curriculum and will perceive the choice as being between remaining in an obsolete program or changing their career plans and may complain.

Low

There are several ways the FAA can mitigate this problem. The first is establishing clear communication with students. This will keep them informed of the changes and how they will be taken care of. Secondly, a phase in period. This will ensure that the students are able to adapt and change with the program. The third way is to establish an algorithm that provides for these students in the hiring process. Finally ensuring that everything is fully legal will protect the FAA while helping students make the right decisions for their careers.

Laugh of the year… It’s better than Boone collecting Per Diem

 

Deputy Assistant Administrator for Information Services and Chief Information Officer, and apparent self-anointed savior of the corrupt Tina Amereihn vows to “expose” those behind ctistudents.com- yada yada yada….Tina is apparently very, very upset that the corruption has been revealed- and that her friend Molly Harris (must nosh together) has been exposed for trying to concoct a story to tell congress that won’t expose the FAA to liability.

 

Private Note to Tina-  All Others Please Turn Away. Hey Tina- Come At Us!!!!  We look forward to it. There are thousands of us out here. We aren’t hiding. Put on your Sherlock sleuth hat and get exposing you little upset bureaucrat you. It’s almost cute.  Before you do read up a little bit on free speech- for you that means going straight to Wikipedia. 

CORRUPTION NEWS:

 

Stories to be further developed in upcoming days

 

The reshuffle to escape liability continues….

 

 

Mary McMillan leaves TetraTech AMT in the midnight hour- way too much of a liability for Tetra due to the exposure of  little Joe Teixeira channeling millions of dollars without a statement of work or any receivables to Mary when she was at Tetra. Still flying she flies the coop to Inmarsat. CTC contract back in play for Tetra ? Or is Little Joe Teixeira going to channel funds in a new “sweetheart” deal to a new player?

 

Mike McCormick (L’Enfant Mike) to retire January 3, 2015. Lets see where Mike goes. Perhaps he just got tired of trying to justify the FAA’s political moves and tired of the corruption.  Semper Fi only goes so far when you’re in a foxhole with the Juggalos- huh Mike?

 

Vinnie Capezzuto, in line to replace Chris Metts runs to Aireon before the investigations start.

 

David Boone- after rumors of retirement “reworks” his travel vouchers. Apparently pays back big dollars in per diem to the FAA before IRS or OIG nab him. How is a full-time director spending all his time in Indianapolis? We have boots on the ground looking into big Dave and the deal little Joe “feed” him.

 

Joespeh Teixeira- we will be taking a good-close look at Joseph’s ramrodding through the ATSAP program a few years back to curry favor with NATCA. And of course his travel mate- Mary McMillan. Particularly the great documents provided by several honorable people on 10A showing the scam Joe is pulling. Hey Joe- how’s the database coming along? What great information for safety has been mined from the data? What a shameful sellout harming the safety of the national airspace system.

 

NATCA allows FAA to issue “new” biographical examination to current controllers. Designed by Joseph T’eixeira’s go-to-team “that deliver”- APTMetrics. Yes, the same group behind the non-validated BQ rushed into service by little Joe  and Carrolyn Bostick. Problem for NATCA- BIG BIG Problem.  Trish and Paul in homage to Boone and Teixeira allow the supervisors to “rate” the controllers on a variety of factors. Controllers take the “new BQ” are then placed in categories and “rated” by their supervisors. Good move NATCA- now the FAA can identify future NATCAVISTS. Future union members get screwed. Let’s see where Trish Gilbert and Paul Rinaldi find soft landings.

 

H. Clay Foushee? (insert cricket sounds here).

 

SAY IT AIN’T SO…

 

EEO JOE

 

JOSEPH TEIXEIRA LOOSES MULTIPLE EEO CLAIMS BY SEVERAL LADIES CLAIMING RETALIATION AFTER THEY REPORT HIS DOCUMENTED WRONGDOING.

On top of channeling contracts worth millions of dollars to the “FRIENDS OF JOE FOUNDATION” Joe has cost the FAA large settlements to ethical whistleblowers- FAA employees with character and integrity – who blow the whistle on Joe’s illegal escapades.

 

**Multiple ladies are retaliated against – and Joe keeps on plugging. So much for all the FAA window dressing regarding gender equity.

 

Ms. Bristol? H. Clay? M. Huerta? DOJ? FBI? (insert long, long period of silence here)

 

DURING THE HEARINGS FAA PARADES IN JOE’S LACKEYS AND EEO JUDGES FIND THAT JOE AND HIS SUPPORTING CAST- surprise, surprise -"AREN’T CREDIBLE "

 

(SPECIAL TRANSLATION FOR JUGGALOS-  "AREN’T CREDIBLE" means not telling the truth under oath.)

 

More (much more) information upcoming…

 

FAA Denial Continues…

 

Bi- Partisan Congress Acts:

 

Safe Towers Act 2014

 

 

CTI students, parents, graduates, flying public….

Please go here to review the recent bill and post comments to your representative in favor of the legislation.

 

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/hr5675-113/show

Money CAN'T buy me love…

(unless you're a member of the "Friends of Joe Foundation" )

 

2014 ATCA Award Winners

 

Thirty Individuals and Organizations

Honored for Contributions to Air Traffic Control

 

(Insert drum roll here…)

 

The ATCA Industrial Award

Tetra Tech AMT

 

Bwahahahahahahahahah- tearing up

And the team that the FAA (Teixeira and Bristol) is maneuvering to award the  CTC contract to is…..

 

GDIT/TETRA TECH AMT/ etc. including…

The University of North Dakota and Embry Riddle

 

Note to Embry Riddle and University of North Dakota students:  you were, and are, being thrown under the bus by your schools to protect future financial streams to the schools from the FAA.

 

They have your tuition- wonder why all you hear from your school is cricket sounds and excuses?

 

This is why- perhaps it’s time to demand a refund. Call your University’s President- ask him why you are not getting any support. 

 

New Newscast- NBC

Click Here To View

 

Excuse the temporary absence. We have not been posting lately so that various groups could finalize their investigations into all of the tips that have been received and compile documents for publication.

 

Documents and the final segment of the story will be published soon.

 

Look forward to video clips as well as documents the FAA does NOT want anyone to see.

 

Also Stubborn Questions For The FAA- Part 5and much MORE. 

 

 

Safe Towers Act 2014

 

AvStop Story

 

 

Chicago Tribune Story:

2 Illinois lawmakers seek to dump new FAA controller hiring rules
 
 
Chicago Tribune reporter
 
A new federal policy aimed at making it easier for members of the general public with no aviation background to embark on careers in air traffic control would be reversed under legislation proposed in Congress on Friday.
 
The Safe Towers Act, introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, an Illinois Republican, and co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D.-Ill., seeks to restore the Federal Aviation Administration's traditional recruitment process for hiring air traffic controllers. Those practices, in place for almost 25 years, favored graduates of FAA-accredited college aviation programs and military veterans with aviation experience, ahead of the general public.
 
Over the past winter, the FAA abruptly switched the recruitment focus to prioritize off-the-street candidates, as part of a strategy to replace more than 10,000 air traffic controllers who will retire over the next decade, the Tribune reported in May. The FAA controller workforce totals about 14,100, and white males make up the majority of the staffing at airport towers and radar facilities.
 
FAA officials have dismissed suggestions from critics that the new rules lack transparency and are designed primarily to increase diversity within the controller ranks, while risking an erosion of safety. FAA officials said the new process is more streamlined and will reduce testing costs. But the change followed an internal FAA analysis that showed the long-standing recruitment and testing protocols were a "barrier'' for some minorities, particularly African-Americans.
 
Individuals with specialized degrees from aviation schools and military veterans are still able to apply under the new rules. But before taking the traditional skill test examining an individual's aptitude for working in air traffic control, all applicants must now first pass a controversial biographical questionnaire, an online pass/fail test in which the FAA has refused to release the scoring metrics or each applicant's actual score.
 
Some of the 62 questions on the multiple-choice test, which the Tribune reviewed, appear geared toward evaluating the test-taker's personality and self-image. It included questions about how peers would describe the individual and the age at which the person started to earn money.
 
Hultgren, whose congressional district has the most air traffic controllers of any district in the state, said there are strong indications that the FAA changes have "threatened the safety of passengers'' and caused "unjust economic injury to qualified candidates'' who have invested tens of thousands of dollars in college aviation courses.
 
"The Safe Towers Act is targeted at making sure we have the best and brightest in our control towers,'' Hultgren said.
 
He said the legislation was filed in part because "the FAA has been non-responsive to my inquiries about how their new hiring practices make our skies safer. We still have more questions than answers.''
 
The proposed legislation would re-implement the preferred status for college aviation graduates who have received recommendations from their schools and for military veterans, while eliminating the use of a biographical assessment that "unduly disqualifies applicants.''
 
In addition, it calls on the FAA to soon reconsider applicants who have failed the biographical questionnaire or "aged out'' by reaching age 31, which disqualifies candidates from being hired as controllers. The mandatory retirement age for controllers is 56.
 
The Safe Towers Act also would create an advisory committee to provide recommendations to the FAA administrator in connection with air traffic control training programs. The committee would include air traffic control organizations, college controller schools and FAA appointments.
 
Lipinski is so far the only co-sponsor of the bill.
 
"Lewis University in Romeoville has one of the premier (air traffic control) programs in the nation," Lipinski said. "For years its graduates, along with our military controllers, have gone on to proudly work for the FAA. Now, with these hastily implemented hiring procedures, the FAA is turning its back on the students and brave veterans that should be the backbone of our air traffic control system.''
 
In the first round of hiring this year under the new policy, about 22,500 people without an aviation background applied, the FAA said. Of those, 837 were offered jobs. The remainder of the roughly 1,600 new controller slots went to more traditional applicants, including military veterans with aviation experience and accredited aviation school graduates, the FAA said.
 
FAA officials said the new process has helped the agency "select from a larger pool of qualified applicants than under past vacancy announcements" and reduced testing and training costs. 
 
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 Copyright © 2014, Chicago Tribune

FAA LIES TO MEDIA…

 

WELL IF THEY LIE TO CONGRESS…..

If you are new to this website- the FAA is conducted an off-the-street recruiting process for all candidates. It began with the Biographical Assessment or “BA”, which is open to most people with a high school diploma. CTISTUDENTS.COM take on the Chicago Tribune Article of May 26th ,linked above, is below:


“FAA officials have defended the policy, saying the assessment is merely the first cut in a rigorous application process…”

 

First cut in a rigorous application process? The FAA drops the cut line on the AT-SAT so low that 98% of the test-takers were “successful”?  The AT-SAT is the ONLY validated test to predict air traffic controller potential. That is, as CTISTUDENTS.COM predicted weeks ago after being alerted by concerned FAA Civil Aeronautical Medical Institute (CAMI) employees, the “passing”  score on the AT-SAT has been reduced to BELOW 20%. Many former military and CTI students who achieved 100% on the AT-SAT failed the BA.

 

Rigorous is not the first word that comes to mind when I see what is happening. Reports from the most recent AT-SAT exam indicated that many test-takers had no idea how to respond to the test. It was moving too fast and too complex for some. Many were voicing frustration on the difficulty of the test. Many walked out.  Somehow, the FAA found a way to “pass” these people. Rigorous? I think not. Fraudulent is a more appropriate way to describe the application process WHEN YOU DROP THE PASSING SCORE ON THE AT-SAT TO BELOW 20%.

 

“…and that it gauges traits shown to predict success as a controller….”

 

No it does not. This Biographical Assessment was never validated by the FAA. In fact, it is still being “validated” by APTMetrics after its implementation. The only office that can actually validate this test according to FAA HR guidelines (CAMI) recommended that the FAA wait until at least three more studies were successfully concluded. The time frame to complete these studies is in the 2016-2018 time period. Dana Broach (CAMI guru) himself stated this in a study published in November 2013. Months before the validated BA (HAHAHAHA) made its appearance. The BA was so validated that several individuals taking the tests at the same time, used the SAME answers and achieved DIFFERENT results.

 

“The agency added that the new recruitment policy is necessary to fill thousands of openings in the next five years amid a wave of retirements….”

 

The new recruitment policy is NOT necessary to fill thousands of openings in the next five years because the CTI applicant registry (“the pool”) had approximately 3,500 candidates (including veterans and a great percentage of minority graduates)  in it who were all post-assessment. The only thing left in that hiring process was to give the CTI grad an academy date. And many more CTI students were graduating every semester to reload the pool. This would greatly reduce the costs and shorten the time for needed controller applicants that were QUALIFIED to get to FAA facilities.

 

"Improvements were made to enhance decision-making and increase objectivity in the assessment of candidates," FAA spokeswoman Kristie Greco said….”

 

The FAA’s pretext in attempting “to increase objectivity” was a dismal failure and ruse. The enhanced decision-making process selected alleged waitresses with zero post-secondary education over college educated veterans who were air traffic controllers in the military. In fact, as the FAA knows many current active air traffic controllers failed the BA “test”. The FAA selected applicants based upon their self-assertion that they actually had held a job yet never verified their employment history before sending them to the no-fail AT-SAT exam.

 

Why even bother with this “rigorous application process”? It’s a fraudulent act to conduct hiring in this manner and yet you try to convince Congress and the flying public that it is all above board. The FAA will have to eventually turn this “verification” data (likely including falsified data generated AFTER the test) over to Congress and answer for their sham actions. As it stands- FAA HR will let NO ONE review THE BA PROCESS OR DATA under advice from legal counsel.

 

“Now, the FAA is conducting an off-the-street recruiting process for all candidates. It begins with the assessment, which is open to most people with a high school diploma…..”

 

That’s odd. Nowhere on the JobsUSA website or on the application was a requirement for a high school diploma listed. It is an absolute fact that the FAA accepted applications from high school dropouts. The process to ensure BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE (HAHAHAHAH) has been totally gutted. There is no way to even check whether an applicant can even speak English until they have been offered a job an arrive at the academy. 

 

“Some experts also suggest that the policy appears quietly aimed at attracting more minorities and women to a workforce that is largely male and white, even though the FAA says the new policy is "blind on the issue of diversity, from start to finish…."

 

Really? If the policy is blind on the issue of diversity then why did the FAA’s HR Director (Carollyn Bostick) act in concert with the head of the National Black Coalition of FAA Aviation Employees to purge the 3,500 CTI students from the applicant registry? Why did the FAA’s Southwest Region Public Information Officer state shortly after the scam was revealed that it was because of “diversity”? The FAA became “blind” on the issue of diversity when EEO complaints were filed. In fact, the FAA (HI MOLLY AND SASHA!) wants to try and find a way to answer Congress without exposing themselves to legal liability. Huerta said it was to find a better qualified applicant. Military veterans, college aviation graduates, commercial pilots, with advanced air traffic training apparently aren’t as good as a “kid” who had his application filled out by FAA HR employees WEARING FAA BADGES in a “church”--- after working hours?

 

“FAA officials said the biographical assessment represents the first round in a rigorous application process, adding that aviation-school graduates, like everyone else, are free to try again during the next round of hiring, expected next year….”

 

The next time you apply if you answer the biographical questions the same you undoubtedly get the same result. RED X – rejected for consideration.  Errrrr… with a VALIDATED TEST that would be true. Okay, so now knowing that you have to change some answers to perhaps succeed in the FAA ATC lottery, you knowingly lie about your past. That’s great.  The FAA either expects you to be a stooge or a liar on the next application round.  And only the liars will succeed.

 

"(Military) veterans performed better than the general public and better than students (who were in the collegiate aviation programs)," said Greco, the FAA spokeswoman. But the air traffic school graduates and members of the general public "performed virtually the same," she said. A 2011 FAA report by an independent review panel, however, offered a different perspective….”

 

Facts are a stubborn thing but statistics can be nuanced. In this case the FAA took the true statistics regarding the CTI grads superiority in training and nuanced them so much by taking “snapshots” of data that it now appears CTI grads can’t even remember their name let alone outperform an off-the-street hire.  Look for: The Utility of the Air Traffic Selection and Training Test Battery in Hiring Graduates of an Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative Program (page 13).  Right there...CTI better than OTS. This didn't even account for the fact CTI students were getting more difficult facilities. CTI beat out OTS at the academy and first facility and the preference was deemed warranted. Don't let the FAA shills on the internet tell you its close either. The high level facilities are chock full of CTI grads and ex-military controllers. Also the FAA has the data isolated from the upper tier CTI schools vs OTS and its a complete blowout. UAA, Beaver, ASU, Purdue, etc. The FAA always "forgets" about this when comparing CTI to OTS. The truth of the matter is Joseph Teixeira buried data regarding diversity as well as CTI performance to commercially gain through the upcoming CTC bid and future endeavors BY ELIMINATING CTI COMPETITION. Of course he and Mary M's successor entity (since CTISTUDENTS revealed the scam with TT AMT) will charge the taxpayer instead of relying on colleges and CTI schools.

 

At least the Independent Review Panel saw through the deception. Kudos to the IRP panel members for revealing: "on a field interview one trainer remarked, 'Please tell them not to send me any more public hires.'This type of comment, with other information reviewed by the panel, indicates that the FAA needs to review its hiring practices to take advantage of the (collegiate air traffic) system it has created."

 

The independent review panel was a preeminent panel selected due to their expertise BY THE FAA and included NATCA participation. That is, those who know made statements they could back up versus bureaucrats crafting answers, and reading carefully scripted “talking points,” to elude congressional and legal inquiries.

 

“An FAA statement accompanying the release of the study noted that FAA Administrator Michael Huerta is committed to "transform the FAA into a more diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects, understands and relates to the diverse customers we serve…."

 

NOTE TO THOSE WHO USE RACE FOR PROFIT OR POLITICAL GAIN (THAT WOULD INCLUDE YOU HUERTA):

 

Guess what? Decades and decades prior to Huerta trying to make a name for himself- colleges took bold steps to increase diversity. The ACTI colleges and universities are also deeply committed to helping the FAA achieve a more diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects, understands and relates to the diverse customers that the FAA serves. In fact, the FAA ATO has routinely praised the ACTI member colleges for their extraordinary commitment to diversity.  At the latest FAA-CTI symposium in October 2013 the CTI Program Manager told the assembly that the ACTI member schools had far exceeded the FAA’s diversity goals and thanked the schools for their continued efforts. The FAA’s own data shows the “diversity” issue was a shell game and that the excuse changed when they were caught with their pants down.

 

The FAA says the new hiring policy's goal is to recruit better candidates while also cutting costs associated with testing and training.

 

We are now entering the theatre of the absurd.  You recruit someone who has no verifiable work history, no post-secondary education and perhaps no high school diploma over a person who has graduated from a college or university with a degree in Aeronautical Sciences, holds a certificate of completion in the FAA-CTI ATC program, in many cases holds pilot certificates and is often found working in the aviation field while waiting to be hired by the FAA. Many were vets. The next step is convince Congress and the flying public that you will be able to cut costs associated with testing and training? Dream on McDuff. You’re killing me smalls….

 

“New controllers typically undergo several years of on-the-job training before being certified and allowed to handle live traffic on their own, a fact that some experts say should minimize any immediate safety problems stemming from the FAA hiring changes….”

 

Who are these experts? Let’s have them go a mano a mano with our experts who assert that having OTS hires flooding the system will dramatically increase the risk to safe flight. See the info above for a few examples.

 

“But those experts point to the likelihood that the FAA would slow down the air traffic system — causing chronic airline flight delays — if safety problems emerged from an over-reliance on the swelling numbers of rookie controllers in airport towers and at radar facilities….”

 

I see. The FAA experts suggest that the system will look really good until it starts looking really bad. We are in full agreement there on the second half.

 

This is exactly what Joseph Teixeira has been trying to do for years. Create a demand and a “safety crisis” so that he (laughably in charge of safety) can profit. The plan was to “kill” the CTI schools to eliminate competition. How shameful. Maybe someone should ask why lil' Joe was funding the all of the “work” to destroy the programs. Joe, if you can be found- would you care to comment? 

FAA SACRIFICING SAFETY…

 

National Story Starting To Break

FOX NEWS REPORT HERE

Safe Towers Act:

Twitter?

CTI versus GENERAL PUBLIC APPLICANTS:

CONGRESS- MOST RECENT FAA NUMBERS

 

There were a total of 964 new hires… who entered training at an air traffic control facility….

 

Of those, CTI hires attained CPC status from their first facility at a rate of 74.6%...

 

followed by Military at 70.3%... 

 

and General Public at a rate of 44.7%...

 

CTI and Military attained first facility CPC status at a nearly 65% greater rate than General Public.

 

Source: FAA New Hire Training Performance Semi-Annual Report.

 

_______________________ “…Overall, a larger proportion of CTI trainees were successful and a smaller proportion unsuccessful than GP trainees…Simply based on training performance, a preference for CTI graduates over GP applicants at both en route and terminal facilities seems warranted….

Source: The Utility of the Air Traffic Selection and Training Test Battery in Hiring Graduates of an Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative Program, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, Federal Aviation Administration.

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IS Teri Bristol Involved in The Scam With Mary and Joe?

 

 

Teixeira's Boss Does Nothing ??

 

Teri, Mary and Joe Show

THE MOST CORRUPT FAA EMPLOYEE IN HISTORY WITH HIS "TRAVEL MATE" AND ATO-1 TERI BRISTOL

Juggalo/Juggalette (Jŭgg-a-lo/J ŭgg-a-lette)- an insane gang of current and former FAA high level management clowns that get adrenalin rushes from ripping off the taxpayer.

BETRAYAL OF THE PUBLIC TRUST- PLEASE SUBPOENA THIS MAN'S EMAIL COMMUNICATIONS

 

Michael McCormick

Oh where oh where has Juggalo CHRIS METTS gone, oh where oh where could he be…

 

After recusing himself for channeling Juggalo money to Tetra and others, Chris Metts goes DEEP DEEP UNDERCOVER (that’s for you PJ because we know you get off pretending to be a spy- we know the real story Pinnochijoe) trying to distance himself from the Juggalos.

 

NOTE TO CHRIS: Either come clean now Chris- or you’ll NEVER get the chance. Little  Joey’s empire is crumbling away fast- and he will make YOU the fall guy. HELPFUL HINT #1: You may want to ring up Bill Nixon and get some REAL advice. HELPFUL HINT #2: If Bill tells you to just lay-low- errrr… get another “adviser.”

YES NATCA AND LOCKHEED.. There is a Santa Claus... if you're TetraTech AMT or Infina...

Money was diverted from many things including ERAM F&E to various Juggalo pals

Hmmmmmmm……

 

What have we here?

 

4883 Controller Training Contract 

Scott Bukovec, System Ops. Contracts Group

 

Minimum $6M to a max of $500M - due to bid 3rd Qtr of 2014.

 

very interesting...

 

Would any of the Juggalos like to comment?

Geeez FAA- At Least Get Your STORY Straight

Another eerie resemblance...

Baghdad Bob

"Washington has thrown their soldiers on the fire"

Versus...

L'Enfant Mike -FAA Minister of Propaganda

MIMW...

VERSUS....

DOT Secretary Foxx Admits Reason For FAA Illegally Purging CTI List

Eerie Resemblance

"Chalk Balls"

 

The Heat

 

versus...

John C. Scott- APTMetrics

Questions regarding lack of validation regarding APT questions on the BQ...

APT experienced in such matters? Not so fast....