This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report, and refers to a requirement in the Boeing QA Manual:
Yeah, right. You probably can’t count the times we’ve violated this (Engineering putting minimum retest requirements on nonconformance dispositions) on your fingers and toes---the fingers and toes of all FAA employees! At least this puts me somewhat to rest on having to be responsible for determining if an item needs to be retested or not, although, if the engineer screws up, which is over half the time, we, as line inspectors, should kick the tag back for retest requirements. I had an interesting conversation today (3/5/02) with (name), Liaison Engineer. He had written down "perform any required retest per AMM section 78" on the disposition to NCR (I.D. number of NCR), which was unusual. The tag on the same condition previous to that tag (that I wrote the Exhibit G Removal Record for) did not have any retest required. I had the supplier representative sign "retest not required" on the Removal Record "additional information" block for that tag. That was probably the wrong call by him (and me). I called (name of the Engineer) on the latest tag and tried to get him to agree with me on which test was required per the the AMM. I had found what I thought was the required test (78-31-00/525). After some discussion, he said the retest probably was not required for the rework we did, which was to break loose a connection in the pneumatic system, even though the AMM said it was required. He said that they were just putting "retest per AMM" on the tags lately because "we were under so much scrutiny," implying doing the test was optional. I traveled the tag for retest at Everett anyway. Of course, who knows, it may not travel after all. I left the traveler package on (the QA Lead's) desk, and he has been known to roller stamp retest requirements I’ve tried to travel before.
The Last Inspector