Our office recently announced reviews of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Office of Audit and Evaluation (AAE) and the Office of Investigations within the Office of Security and Hazardous Materials Safety (AXI). Both reviews were requested by the Federal Aviation Administrator. We began our assessment of AAE at that time and are now initiating our review of AXI.
AXI conducts internal investigations of FAA employees and contractors for misconduct and administrative and civil investigations/inquiries that fall under the Agency’s jurisdiction, including whistleblower retaliation. Moreover, this office plays an important role in FAA’s accountability and organizational culture. As such, our objective will be to assess AXI policies, procedures, and practices for conducting administrative investigations and evaluate its compliance with applicable standards or best practices.