This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report:
More incidents that illustrate the corruption of two of our QA Leads and our QA Management:
In our 2/13/02 crew meeting, (my QA supervisor) said "We’re not here to catch manufacturing errors, that is what manufacturing owns. We’re here to assure the configuration of the product, that is what we own." More bait-and-switch tactics by (my QA supervisor) to get us away from looking for manufacturing errors, and to only look to see if the correct part was installed, if we had time to break away from our training duties. He also said "I tell the Manufacturing Supervisors that we are not PSD’s inspection force, we are Manufacturing’s inspection force, and they need to tell us where they want us to be inserted into the manufacturing process. We cannot insert ourselves into the process. That is why we changed our name from ‘Control’ to ‘Assurance’." Yes, I agree with his comment. Once, long ago, we attempted to control the level of quality of the product by ensuring manufacturing built it to a certain level of quality by "inserting ourselves into the process" by documenting manufacturing defects. Now, we aren’t allowed to document defects and control the quality of the product at all, unless manufacturing allows us to write a tag because they couldn’t hammer two parts together. At least shop is kind enough, most of the time, not to tell us where to insert ourselves, as (my QA supervisor) requested. They don’t want us to be a part of the process at all, and if they did tell us where they wanted us to "insert ourselves", it wouldn’t be into the "manufacturing process." It would be a place without sunlight.
The Last Inspector