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U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation
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Fact Sheet: Misconduct at the Commerce Department
In early February 2021, Ranking Member Roger Wicker of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee launched an investigation into alleged misconduct in the Investigations and Threat Management Service (ITMS) at the Department of Commerce. The investigation began after whistleblowers reported a variety of improper activities dating back to the mid-2000s involving abuse of authority, mismanagement, and reprisal against Department employees.
Wicker Releases Committee Report Revealing Abuse at the Commerce Department
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today released a Committee report detailing misconduct in the Investigations and Threat Management Service (ITMS) at the Department of Commerce.
Wicker Releases Committee’s FAA Investigation Report
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today released the Committee’s investigation report on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This investigation began in April of 2019, weeks after the second of two tragic crashes of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, when Committee staff began receiving information from whistleblowers disclosing numerous concerns related to aviation safety.
Fact Sheet: Southwest Airlines Skyline Aircraft Concerns
During the period of 2013 through 2017, Southwest Airlines acquired a total of 88 airplanes, referred to by Southwest Airlines as the Skyline Aircraft. These aircraft were previously operated by 16 various foreign air carriers. Southwest Airlines used multiple contractors to conduct the required review of maintenance records associated with these aircraft. After contractors conducted this review, Southwest Airlines, through its Delegated Airworthiness Representatives (DAR) authority granted by the FAA, issued these 88 aircraft Airworthiness Certificates, allowing them to enter revenue service.
Fact Sheet: The Committee’s Investigation Regarding Aviation Safety
On April 2, 2019, Senator Roger Wicker, chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, launched an investigation of any potential connection between inadequate training and certification of Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) who may have participated in the evaluation of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. The investigation began as a result of information obtained from numerous whistleblowers. To launch the investigation, Chairman Wicker wrote to then-Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell to request additional information and documents.
Committee Launches Investigation of FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today launched an investigation of any potential connection between inadequate training and certification of Aviation Safety Inspectors who may have participated in the evaluation of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. The investigation comes in light of recent 737 crashes and information obtained from whistleblowers.
Wicker Releases Investigation Report on CPSC Data Breaches
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, has delivered an investigation report to Acting Chairman Robert Adler of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The committee’s investigation centered on the CPSC’s violation of section 6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) and subsequent data breaches. As part of its oversight responsibility, the committee has been investigating the violations since April and released the final report this week.