If you are running a company or corporation that resorts to unethical and even illegal actions for the most common reason for doing so--maximizing your profitability, or for any other reason for that matter, (whether your products and services have to do with the public's safety, military personnel's safety, and/or even protecting the nation's safety from our potential enemies, or not) and you are perhaps jealous at how Boeing and/or the FAA "get away" with (for the moment, at least) the actions documented on this site, you may wish to click on this link: "Corporate Corruption Primer."
It documents in some detail what I have witnessed as to how Boeing (and to some extent the FAA) protect their ability to ignore some of the most important laws and regulations in existence themselves while getting rid of pesky and dangerous (to the continuing of this corruption) whistleblowers by insisting that every letter of the law or the most intentionally vague internal policy is twisted and enforced against them, no matter how much more vast the seriousness and scope of the corporation's crimes and ethical lapses are in relation to the whistleblower's alleged "crime" of trying to end these serious crimes to our nation, selves, and the military that bravely serve us.
You may wonder how Boeing is able to manage to continue the corruption and retaliation against whistleblowers documented on this site after the highly publicized Tanker and EELV scandals. Wonder no further. Click the above link for my in many cases first hand observations of how they manage to do this seemingly impossible task in these seemingly challenging times for ethically and legally challenged organizations. New revelations not so far revealed on this site are also on the noted web page, so not only similar corrupt companies' leaders may be interested.
Of course, as you know, if you have read anything on this site in some detail, I am staunchly opposed to both corporate corruption and the (sometimes ,as I have seen, deeply intertwined with the "overseen" corporation's corruption) corruption of government agencies. So I do urge your company to do the right and legal thing even if only your own corporation is at peril because of your past, present, and future planned corruption.
And, also, if you so wish, the noted page can be instead (as I would urge you to do) be used as a template in how to learn to avoid the perhaps risky (however remote that risk is considered and how ruthlessly that risk is ameliorated) path for your corporation's future that resorting to illegal and/or unethical acts can become.
Today's Daily Report Quote
This quote is also from my first report to the FAA local MIDO office, when I was naive and chose not to believe all those press reports about the FAA being the "handmaiden of the aviation industry" and a "tombstone agency."
A crew meeting we had on 1/16/02 illustrates how corrupted our QA Management has become in the performance of their real duty, assuring product quality. In the meeting the subject came up about the processing times for IRCRs (Inspection Record Change Requests), and they were so slow that often the product would ship before the inspection was added to the job, as IRCRs are not logged on the jobs like planning pickups are, so there is no visibility. (An inspector) spoke up on the subject, stating how a shakedown inspection was omitted from a job, and that the operation was never added before the engine shipped due to the slow response from QA Planning. (The QA Lead) said that (the inspector) could have just wrote up a info pickup or short-stamped the operation that had the shakedown text, even though there was no inspection operation for the shakedown. (The inspector) said that he had done everything by our procedures, and what (the QA Lead) was talking about wasn’t per our procedures. (The inspector) was right. (The QA supervisor) chimed in angrily, "Is it critical (inspector's name)", he said "Is it critical." If a shakedown inspection operation wasn’t critical, I don’t know what is at PSD. When inspectors do not have to inspect the jobs per (the QA supervisor's) instruction on 01/11/02, the shakedown is the only place defects can be found.
The Last Inspector