Other Industries Using Boeing's Pioneering Methods to Corrupt the Government Agencies That Regulate Them
Boeing's corruption of the FAA and DOD is legendary (at least here). However, wholly different industries use the same methods corrupt Boeing management uses to corrupt the agencies they want to hobble from doing their critical duties.
Last week an article came out in the Washington Post detailing how the Drug Industry uses Boeing's corrupt hiring methods to hire former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials in order to corrupt that agency by subverting its regulation of the industry, just as Boeing has almost totally subverted FAA regulation of Boeing's Quality and Engineering departments as noted on this site.
"The hires came after the DEA launched an aggressive campaign to curb a rising opioid epidemic that has resulted in thousands of overdose deaths each year. In 2005, the DEA began to crack down on companies that were distributing inordinate numbers of pills such as oxycodone to pain-management clinics and pharmacies around the country.
Since then, the pharmaceutical companies and law firms that represent them have hired at least 42 officials from the DEA — 31 of them directly from the division responsible for regulating the industry, according to The Post."
Boeing has long similarly hired many officials from the FAA formerly heading up critical enforcement arms of the agency responsible for independently and impartially making sure Boeing is compliant with relevant FAA regulations.
'The number of hires has prompted some current and former government officials to ask whether the companies raided the division to hire away DEA officials who were architects of the agency’s enforcement campaign or were most responsible for enforcing the laws the firms were accused of violating.
“The number of employees recruited from that division points to a deliberate strategy by the pharmaceutical industry to hire people who are the biggest headaches for them,” said John Carnevale, former director of planning for the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, who now runs a consulting firm.'
This is exactly the reason Boeing hires FAA officials straight from their jobs regulating Boeing, and why they hired Darleen Druyun, a former DOD procurement official that Boeing's CFO promised a quid pro quo Boeing executive job (and her daughter and boyfriend a job) if she gave the Air Force Tanker Program contract to Boeing instead of their competitor. Druyun did 9 months in prison for her corruption and Boeing CFO Sears did 4 months in prison for his role on behalf of Boeing management corruption.
Interestingly, the Druyun affair was ultimately outed by a Boeing employee who reported Boeing's theft of Lockheed competition sensitive U.S. satellite launch services contract proposal documents to Boeing H.R.
Way more interesting is that corrupt Boeing attorney Mark Rabe (unsuprisingly currently accused of destroying evidence by former Boeing contractor Alabama Aircraft Industries) was involved in the investigation that was then launched by the company.
At that time, he apparently did the right thing and his investigation resulted in the firing of the former Lockheed employee who stole the documents from Lockheed and the Boeing manager who had them in his desk and had used them to help Boeing win most of the launch services contract.
That is really surprising, because Mark Rabe was the eminently corrupt Boeing attorney that Doug Bain, Boeing Chief Counsel at the time, assigned to investigate my report I had sent to Bain in 2002 requesting that Boeing investigate and end the Boeing/FAA corruption negating Boeing QA documented within that I had long witnessed.
Of course, noting that Boeing attorneys like Rabe and former Chief Counsel Bain are corrupt is totally redundant. As I have witnessed, Boeing attorneys only exist to enable Boeing to get away with doing the wrong thing--not to ensure compliance with the law.
That's what occurred in the 2002/2003 Boeing investigation of my report. Bain decided to do absolutely nothing to address the fraud I reported in any way. No employees were fired, not even my Boeing QA Supervisor of the time that had harassed me when I did my job and tried to convince me that Boeing inspectors were not supposed to inspect anything at Boeing, and were instead supposed to just buy off the paperwork that stated we did without any inspection and train mechanics. My supervisor was promoted instead by Boeing, probably to ensure he denied my report should I later get it investigated by the relevant government agency or official.
Rabe specialized in white collar criminal defense, so it was no wonder he and Bain protected the felonious Boeing managers that I reported the criminal actions of to them, rather than holding them accountable in any way, and instead ensuring they were promoted to reward them for their corruption.
Even though they covered up the Boeing QA Management corruption I reported to them, they took my report extremely seriously, and as a major threat to the company's lucrative and criminal QA subversion across the enterprise, so much so that both Rabe and Bain hopped on a Boeing corporate jet in 2003 and flew to my Boeing workplace, I assume to ensure my Division management had all of its denials ready in case I went public after they buried my report, which I was threatening to do at the time after I gave them one more chance to do the right thing.
That Chief Counsel Bain and Rabe, the senior Boeing attorney whose investigation of the internal Boeing Lockheed proprietary data theft ultimately led to the outing of the Druyun affair that resulted in the resignation of Boeing CEO Condit and prison sentences for Druyun and Boeing CFO Sears, came to my relatively small Boeing workplace on such a special trip to ensure the covering up of my report was remarkable. It was the equivalent, analogy-wise, of Bill Gates coming to my own house to personally confiscate and destroy my defective copy of Microsoft Windows so I wouldn't be able sue Microsoft to get it fixed.
This proves Boeing has only gotten more corrupt over time, especially with their bribing of key government officials with quid pro quo jobs so they don't do their job in oversight of Boeing, as they continue to do with key FAA and DOD officials, just like the Pharma industry does with the DEA as noted in this article.
"It is not unusual for corporations to hire federal employees directly away from the government..."
'"...the number of hires from one key division shows how an industry can potentially blunt a government agency’s aggressive attempts at enforcement.
The DEA diversion officials who have gone to the industry since 2005 include two executive assistants who managed day-to-day operations; the deputy director of the division; the deputy chief of operations; two chiefs of policy; a deputy chief of policy; the chief of investigations; and two associate chief counsels in charge of legal affairs and enforcement actions against pharmaceutical companies.
“It’s obvious that they targeted the office,” said Joseph T. Rannazzisi, who ran the diversion division for a decade before he was removed from his position and retired in 2015.
Most of the DEA officials went to work for the pharmaceutical industry and law firms within weeks of leaving the agency. Among the 31 DEA diversion employees, 22 began their new jobs within weeks of leaving the DEA.
At least five of the 31 DEA employees were hired by McKesson — the nation’s largest drug distributor and fifth-largest corporation. McKesson has been the subject of two publicly disclosed DEA enforcement actions, which resulted in $163 million in fines after allegations that the firm failed to report hundreds of suspicious orders for millions of pain pills from Internet pharmacies and others.
The Post contacted a dozen former DEA officials who went to work for the drug industry, but few agreed to be interviewed.
Ethics experts said revolving-door issues have been a long-standing concern across the government, with some of the most notable cases coming from the Defense Department.
The ethics experts said the number of officials switching sides at the DEA raises serious questions about whether the ability of the diversion division to carry out its mission has been compromised by the pharmaceutical industry.
“The findings that so many DEA officials have switched from their roles preventing, detecting and investigating illegal drug use to working for those involved in the supply chain is disturbing,” said Scott H. Amey, general counsel for the Project on Government Oversight, a watchdog group in Washington. “It’s also another reminder of how well the revolving door is greased and how the revolving door can negatively impact government operations. It’s not a surprise that DEA isn’t as vigilant as it once was when so many ex-feds are working for the companies that they once investigated.”
The DEA has pursued cases against some of the largest opioid distributors in the country, including McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen, as well as CVS and Walgreens, which distribute opioids to their own pharmacies. In general, the companies did not admit wrongdoing and said they were taking steps to address illegal diversion.
In 2008, McKesson settled one of those cases, paying a $13 million fine without admitting liability. That same year, the DEA filed a case against Cardinal. That company also settled, paying a $34 million fine.
The DEA’s initiative was sharply curtailed in the face of pressure from the pharmaceutical industry beginning in 2013, according to a Post investigation published in October. In fiscal 2011, civil case filings against distributors, manufacturers, pharmacies and doctors had reached 131. By 2014, they had fallen to 40.
The slowdown came after DEA lawyers began to require a higher standard of proof before cases could move forward. Supervisors in the field said they were frustrated that their cases were being stalled at DEA headquarters. Top DEA and Justice Department officials have declined to discuss the reasons behind the slowdown.
Government ethics experts said regulators often join the industries they oversee, lured by substantially higher salaries.
“That high rate of turnover makes you really wonder whether those officials were acting in the interests of the DEA rather than the companies they were regulating,” said Craig Holman, an expert on revolving-door issues for Public Citizen, a government watchdog group in Washington. “Just by seeing your colleagues going that way, that tells you that you can shape your future employment prospects if you behave accordingly.”
Once senior employees leave for jobs in the industry, ethics experts said they can exploit weaknesses they are aware of within the DEA.'
So there you have it. Proof that other major U.S. industries are following the exact template that Boeing has long used to corrupt/end unbiased FAA and DOD regulation of itself, with deadly results.
Please do everything you can to end this deadly Boeing fraud. Write your Representative and Senators and ask at least for a Congressional investigation of the Boeing/FAA corruption documented on this site. Boeing has steadfastly continued and expanded this fraud, at least since 2002 when I reported it directly to former Boeing Chief Counsel Bain.
Boeing's current Chief Counsel, Michael Luttig, has carried on with Bain's past support of this fraud by Boeing. In my liberal informed opinion, Luttig is actually a step down from the as noted corporate crime abetting Bain. He's never met a fascist he didn't like, being a conservative so extreme he is on the right wing nutjob fringe. An oligarchy supporter, no wonder he is on the Board of Directors of the most corrupt and arrogant large company on the planet.
Please write your representative, even if my liberalism offends you. The lives you save by doing so may be your own and/or of someone you love.
What has also proven to me, in addition to the info on the New Fraud, Same as the Old Fraud Page, that the same quid pro quo fraud negating quality and safety requirements is still engaged in today by Boeing and FAA Management, is the news of FAA Management continuing to delegate their oversight responsibilities to unreformed and corrupt Boeing Management.
The results of this fraudulently gotten delegation has been in the news of late, with Will Jordan's excellent article about corrupt Boeing Management immediately abusing that delegation as soon as they got it.
They pressured the assigned FAA designees on certification projects to buy off designs that weren't as safe as required, and bypassed them if they refused to do so.
An embarrassing case study for Boeing in their constant efforts to subvert the integrity of their certification and production processes is the 787 battery fire debacle. Boeing was delegated too much certification responsibility on the new program, and then Boeing immediately delegated that wrongly gotten delegation to suppliers, who delegated part of that responsibility to sub-tier suppliers.
Whether that responsibility for certification responsibility for the battery system was officially delegated or not does not matter. Boeing's extremely lax oversight over the whole process effectively resulted in those suppliers self-certifying the battery and the charging system because no real, independent system of oversight over the design and testing process existed because Boeing subverted that oversight to save money and reduce the flow time of the project.
It's the same everywhere you look in corrupt Boeing Management: "How can we cut corners to cut costs and flow times," "how can we illegally bypass required processes the customer won't notice to make the next quarter's promised numbers," "Joe is becoming a problem by not being flexible enough on requirements to sign off on the project so we can get this project back on schedule and under cost--let's reassign him, find a reason to fire him, or go around him to meet those targets and get our bonuses."
Because of Boeing's undeserved delegation by their FAA, at least two plane loads of people narrowly escaped death. Unfortunately, that means nothing to wholly corrupt Boeing Management, whose similar fraud has resulted in at least 750 deaths so far. You have to go back to the heyday of the Mafia to find a more callous to the deaths they have caused management of an organization in American history.
Will Jordan's excellent article puts a spotlight on the continuing fraud going on in all of Boeing's improperly delegated responsibilities, from quality assurance to certification of designs to certification of the airworthiness of each largely uninspected and defect riddled Boeing plane.
Every delegation by the FAA to Boeing has been improperly gotten thanks to the quid pro quo revolving door hiring by Boeing of key FAA Management over the decades. And every one of those undeserved delegations has immediately been illegally subverted to the extent criminally possible to reduce production and certification flow times and costs.
Considering this, it is long past time that all of Boeing's delegations be immediately cancelled and Boeing beginning again on a long, long road to actually earning those delegations before they are given to them. This will require the hiring of several thousand new uncorrupted FAA employees to do all inspections at Boeing and its similarly corrupted and unoverseen supplier base, as well as all design oversight functions.
This must be done immediately no matter how much and how long it disrupts production at Boeing. If done, Boeing may actually have a shot at building more than the unsafe and defect riddled garbage they currently almost build in their next 100 years, as well as have a shot of surviving as a company for the next 100 years.
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