FAA corruption scandal takes new twist

FBN's Adam Shapiro reports that the FAA's human resources department may have played a role in the agency's hiring practices controversy.

FAA Cheating Scandal Reaches into HR Office

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The National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees, NBCFAE, broke its self-imposed five month code of silence late Thursday, and denied allegations it was involved in a Federal Aviation Administration cheating scandal that now reaches into the agency’s human resources office as first reported in a FOX Business exclusive investigation.

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NBCFAE president Paquita Bradley posted a letter to NBCFAE members on Twitter which says, “…the NBCFAE has never authorized, promoted, engaged, or supported any effort to undermine the testing process for prospective air traffic controllers.” FOX Business first asked Bradley to comment on the cheating scandal and diversity at the FAA back on January 13th.  She still refuses to comment directly to FOX Business but says in the written statement posted on line about the cheating, “These allegations are not true and unfounded.”

“…the NBCFAE has never authorized, promoted, engaged, or supported any effort to undermine the testing process for prospective air traffic controllers.”

- NBCFAE President Paquita Bradley

The FOX Business investigation uncovered an audio text message sent by FAA employee and NBCFAE executive Shelton Snow which appears to instruct FAA job applicants how to cheat on an FAA air traffic control screening exam. Mr. Snow, who is also an air traffic controller, sent the lengthy message to members of the NBCFAE who hoped to pass the personality test known as the “Biographical Questionnaire” now required by the FAA. On the recording obtained by FBN, Snow says, “There is some valuable pieces of information that I have taken a screen shot of and I am going to send that to you via email…as you progress through the stages refer to those images so you will know which icons you should select,” Snow goes on to refer specifically to members of the Human Resources office saying, “I have a good mind to send it to one of my HR representatives to sign off on it before you actually click it.” Snow has refused to discuss the recording or his role in the cheating scandal with FOX Business.

But members of congress are demanding answers. Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-Illinois) told FOX Business, “I absolutely do support having full hearings, whatever it takes to get to the bottom of whatever’s going on here.” The FAA has yet to respond to FOX Business but the chairman of the house aviation subcommittee, Frank LoBiondo (R-New Jersey) says, “The FAA can expect us to demand to know the particulars of this egregious situation.” 

NBCFAE Response on Twitter

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