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Monday
Sep102012

FAA employees a small part of federal employees’ advocacy for Democrats

Snip of an FAA email obtained by Cause of Action. (CoA via Scribd)The organization Cause of Action has formally requested an investigation of the Federal Aviation Administration for violations of the Hatch Act.

The FAA isn’t the only agency where there are allegations employees have advocated for politicos.

CoA supported claims of the latest allegations with emails exchanged between employees at the FAA. The political beneficiary of the employees’ alleged efforts: Democrats running for office in November, 2012.

The Hatch Act regulates federal government employees’ political activity during work hours, among other matters. The act was passed as a response to allegations of corruption by Democrat politicos in the 1930s when government jobs were handed out as perks to supporters, fundraisers and others the politicos deemed worthy of reward.

Not much changes.

CoA said:

Cause of Action released documents today revealing a potential Hatch Act violation at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) involving John J. Hickey, deputy associate administrator for aviation safety at the FAA, and Raymond Towles, deputy director of flight standards field operations. At a May 23, 2012 staff meeting, Hickey told subordinates that “if the Republicans win office [their] jobs may be effected [sic]…if the Democrats win office then [their] jobs would not be effected [sic].” Additionally, Hickey and Towles held mandatory meetings with employees at other regional FAA offices, where similar comments may have been repeated.

In early September, 2012, NPR interviewed a federal official from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel where approximately 270 complaints were being investigated. The official appeared to dismiss “minor slipups,” providing no details on what qualifies as “minor.”

NPR also reported a very troubling incident after the latest scandals at the General Services Administration:

And in another recent case, a worker at the General Services Administration recently got suspended for a month. She invited dozens of people to a fund raiser for President Obama and sent an e-mail from her government account supporting his last campaign.

That suspension amounted to a slap on the wrist.

GSA has faced ongoing criticism for outrageous lack of accountability with taxpayer money.

Considering what appeared to be outright corruption at GSA, Congress should investigate GSA contracts and practices with businesses in the private sector. Who knows what’s lurking in all those figures and data sheets?

President Barack Obama certainly has support from federal government workers. Open Secrets lists the following among his top donors for 2012, noting the donations can come from “organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families”:

  • US Government  $299,923
  • US Dept of State  $175,672
  • US Dept of Defense  $149,116

Other top Obama donors include mega-corporations like Google, Microsoft, Comcast and Time Warner.

Cause of Action advocates for government accountability because the taxpayer essentially has no objective representative in collective bargaining with federal employees.

A Democrat, President John F. Kennedy, gave federal employees collective bargaining rights in 1962 with Executive Order 10988. No provisions have ever been made for a representative of taxpayers to have a say in federal employee salaries, perks and benefits which include recruitment bonuses.

Kennedy’s action was, in my opinion, payback to the labor unions eager to expand membership. Those unions had helped Kennedy win the White House, among other offices.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Sept. 10, 2012)

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