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Congresswoman Waters Requests Copy of FAA Restructuring Report Affecting Employees in Los Angeles and Chicago

July 15, 2009
Press Release

Today, Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-35) sent a letter to Marion Blakey, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to request a copy of a report analyzing the FAA's proposed realignment of the Air Traffic Organization (ATO).  The letter was signed by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) and Senator Richard Durbin (IL).  The realignment would relocate several ATO support services including services currently being performed by FAA employees in Rep. Waters' and Rep. Schakowsky's congressional districts.  The text of the letter follows:

     We have serious reservations regarding the purported cost savings attributable to the announced realignment within the Air Traffic Organization's (ATO) nine regional offices.

     The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) maintains that the restructure will yield savings of $360 million to $460 million over the next ten years.  We would like to examine the basis for this assertion. 

     In the summer of 2005, the consulting firm of Booz Allen Hamilton submitted to the FAA an analysis entitled "ATO Structure and Process Evaluation:  Final Report" or some similar name.  Despite numerous requests at the staff level, the FAA has failed to produce this document.  By this correspondence, we request copies of the complete Booz Allen Hamilton report (not merely an executive summary) with all attachments and appendices. 

     We appreciate your attention to this request and look forward to your cooperation.  

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