August 31, 2007
Dear Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Chairman Henry Waxman and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Senators Murray and Cantwell, and Congressman Reichert
I have included below information about the activities on Marion Blakey. This is outrageous. Marion Blakey should be investigated and prosecuted.
The corruption exposed by Gerald Eastman and others which Ms. Blakey appears to be connected with needs to be finally examined properly and some real action taken.
The Federal Whistleblower legislation S.274 must be passed now. The House and the Senate must see that other Whistleblower reports and complaints must be supported and fully investigated and wrongdoers prosecuted as necessary.
This kind of corruption must stop.
The Revolving Door Revolves...
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
The Federal Aviation Administration's top official is headed for the door--Washington's revolving door, that is--to become the aerospace industry's head lobbyist.
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has announced that FAA Administrator Marion Blakey will become its new chief executive Nov. 12, replacing the organization's retiring CEO, John Douglass. In her new role, Blakey will be the top voice in Washington for an industry that makes commercial planes and serves as a contractor to the Pentagon. Its most prominent members include Boeing (nyse: BA - news - people ), Northrop Grumman (nyse: NOC - news - people ) and Lockheed Martin (nyse: LMT - news - people ).
A conflict of interest? Possibly. Even though this type of thing happens all the time in Washington, it's certainly a gray area. And it doesn't do much to change the public's belief that politicians and political appointees are in bed with industry.
"Essentially what these members are doing is cashing in on their public service," says Craig Holman, who follows congressional issues for the watchdog group Public Citizen. He notes that political appointees are doing the same thing. "It's because there's just so much money at stake now," he adds.