Discouraging News. The OIG Refused to Investigate the FAA Corruption I Reported to Them, Plus the Daily Report Quote
I must apologize to all of you out there who have been depending on me to reform the endemic and continuing Boeing and FAA corruption noted on this site. A serious setback occurred on 5-15-07 when I received a letter from Mr. Engler from the OIG's office who I referred to previously in my April 22nd post of this year.
It was dated 5-10-07 and didn't state much, except that they had reviewed the FAA's investigation of Boeing ("read" is the more accurate term, as the letter gave no indication they did anything other than read the findings of the bogus "investigation" by the FAA of only a few of the 382 items I reported to them), and that they thought the findings were "reasonable" in number considering the number of original allegations. They never investigated the FAA's non-investigation of my report at all. They just read the findings and blessed them. Some OIG. But understandable considering the corruption documented in the press in other OIG offices. The press can now add the DOT OIG's office to that list. It is easy to see why corruption thrives and has been endemic in the FAA for years--The DOT OIG's office lets it continue, purposely.
That is why the FAA is has been known as a "tombstone agency" for untold years. The DOT OIG's office gave me the impression (intentionally, I believe) that they were actually investigating the corruption I reported in the TAD of the FAA, and higher, to Mr. Sabatini's office over the past year. However, they were doing nothing of the sort. They were just sitting on the information I gave them all that time to protect someone, and that someone was not you, the public.
Anyway, that day I filed a freedom of information request to get all documents related to the OIG "review." It is well past the twenty day statutory response time frame, and I have received nothing so far. I do know their FOIA officer did get my request. I have been in the process of filing reports both with the agency that investigates OIG office malfeasance, as well as Mr. Waxman's committee in Congress. My discouragement over such a huge setback has not helped me complete these necessary actions, but they will be done shortly.
Yes, corrupt Boeing and FAA officials already probably know this and so have already had their party and danced their jigs of corrupt joy, likely during the 787 rollout parties where they gathered, if not sooner I imagine.
I apologize for not letting you know this important info sooner. You can redirect your letters to Mr. Waxman's committee to ask that these criminals be brought to justice and your safety ensured as it should be, as well as independence between the FAA and Boeing be restored and their corruption ended. Events have forced me to tell you this a bit sooner than I had planned.
I had intended to do so once my reports had been sent. Although subservient (to Boeing) officials will try to retaliate against me at the request of those corrupt Boeing officials responsible for the corruption documented on this site, I will continue to fight to ensure more lives are not lost to this corruption than have already been lost.
Gerald Eastman, The Last Inspector
Today's Daily Report Quote:
This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report. (Continued from previous day's quote):
The "calibrated eyeball" clearance inspection method works like this: An inspector simply looks at the clearances between the tubes and adjacent structure and tubing, and then, with his "calibrated eyeballs", makes a judgment whether or not the PI clearance requirements, as he remembers them, as he likely works only from memory of those requirements, are satisfied to his "calibrated eyes."
his judgment depends on how much he has to alter his inspection methods to meet the delivery schedule, how he feels that day, and how much trouble he thinks he’ll get into from our QA Management if he writes a tubing clearance discrepancy up, and shop disapproves of it.
So, almost all of the time, if a mechanic cannot adjust the tubing installation to pass the inspection of the inspector’s "calibrated eyeballs," the installation is just bought off that way, as writing a tag on a tubing installation that has passed inspection hundreds of times before, that could never have met the PI clearance requirements because of a design error, will not bring you adulation from our management for finding a defect many other inspectors missed--quite the opposite is true.
The Last Inspector