House Passes Hultgren Amendment to Defund Tainted FAA Application Test
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released a statement after his amendment to restrict funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to further implement its discredited Biographical Questionnaire (Bio Q), a personality test the agency has used since last year as an obscure gatekeeper for hiring new air traffic controllers, passed the House 240-186.
Recent investigations have revealed that FAA or aviation-related employees shared inside information with instructions about how to pass the test with particular air traffic controller recruits to help them gain jobs with the FAA.
“Given the disturbing revelations of cheating, the FAA’s Bio Q test is tainted and should no longer be used in the air traffic controller hiring process. I am pleased the House has joined me in addressing the deep cheating allegations at the FAA,” said Rep. Hultgren. “This ongoing situation warrants clear answers. Congress should immediately investigate and stop this unnecessary process that is jeopardizing the safety of our skies. What is the FAA hiding? Why haven’t they publicly renounced these cheating allegations? Why haven’t they halted the use of this discredited questionnaire in hiring those who are charged with keeping our skies safe? It’s time for Congress to get to the bottom of this and hold a hearing. This scandal has been stuck circling the air for too long. We can’t waste time when passenger safety is at risk.”
Rep. Hultgren gave a floor statement in support of his amendment tonight on the House floor.
The FAA is under fire following a six month investigation into the agency’s new hiring practices which for months Rep. Hultgren has argued caused the agency to pass over the most qualified air traffic controller candidates, such as experienced veterans, and have raised concerns of air travel safety. The investigation also uncovered the alleged cheating, which Rep. Hultgren has called out. Illinois’ 14th Congressional District is home to the most air traffic controllers in Illinois.
Rep. Hultgren, beginning in December of last year, has called for FAA officials to appear before Congress to answer for their actions. A former member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, he has urged the House to act on his legislation, H.R. 1964, the Air Traffic Controllers Hiring Act of 2015 (previously known as the SAFE TOWERS Act), to reverse the effects of the FAA’s policies and restore safety and confidence to air travel.