This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report:
Please investigate the torque "anti-sabotage" putty situation at PSD. During the time of QA Supervisors (name) and (name), the requirement to apply tamper proof putty (blue (material specification) putty at PSD) to fastener torques we witnessed was removed from our (document I.D. number) Torque Requirements and (document I.D. number) Stamps and Seals QOIs under the guise of all our products at PSD being "high heat areas" in which the putty would burn off in moments once the engine was started. (One of the noted QA supervisors) just came out and told us to stop applying putty when he made the personal decision to stop the use of it, and then when (the other noted QA supervisor) came in, he at least had the sense to have us start doing it again until the QOIs were changed (reference the Exhibit AD email. Also see the Exhibit AE email for his direction not to apply it anymore, later). Anyway, the "high heat" reason not to apply putty, I believe, came from Renton’s Stamps and Seals QOI. The problem is this: most of our products are not composed of high heat areas. Any area forward of the engine cores are not, and only the underside of the struts are. 90% of the strut areas, and most of the engine fancase areas are made of aluminum, which cannot be used in high heat areas by engineering design. We should at least still be applying putty in those areas. But there is another problem with the current "no use of putty by QA" policy. You’d think that, if QA could not apply (material specification) putty on the engines and struts because it does not withstand high heat, then there would be none of it at PSD, right? Wrong. Shop mechanics use it all of the time on the plumbing installations, even those in the definitely high heat core areas of the engines. They use the same (material specification) putty we used to use, just pink...and yellow...colors, not "QA" blue. What, you’re asking? How could this be? Why was QA so hot to get rid of inspection putty, when shop still uses the same stuff, just different colors, on the hottest parts of the airplane? I’m glad you asked, as I believe I have the answer, and it even fits perfectly in with the corruption so far documented first-hand in the QA Management ranks.
The Last Inspector