What have you always wondered about the economy? Tell Us

FAA head takes heat for lobby job

Steve Henn Sep 13, 2007
HTML EMBED:
COPY

FAA head takes heat for lobby job

Steve Henn Sep 13, 2007
HTML EMBED:
COPY

TEXT OF STORY

Doug Krizner: The head of the FAA is leaving today after five-years of government service. The next job for Marion Blakey will be with the Aerospace Industry Association. Yes, it’s a lobbying group. And the move’s sparked criticism in Washington. Steve Henn reports.


Steve Henn: Marion Blakey, the outgoing head of the FAA, began negotiating for a new job with the Aerospace Industries Association this June. One of the association’s top lobbying priorities was increasing funding for the FAA, Blakey’s agency.

Scott Amey from the Project on Government Oversight says that raises some questions.

Scott Amey: Congress needs to go and investigate, you know, what programs and projects Marion Blakey worked on to determine whether she was doing anything that would have benefited her future employer.

John Douglas is the current head of the Aerospace Industries Associations. He says:

John Douglas: There shouldn’t be this witch hunt. There are rules, and we very, very scrupulously follow those rules.

Blakey couldn’t be reached yesterday, but has told reporters she’s quote “taken aback and a bit appalled” by all the fuss.

In Washington, I’m Steve Henn for Marketplace.

Marketplace is on a mission.

We believe Main Street matters as much as Wall Street, economic news is made relevant and real through human stories, and a touch of humor helps enliven topics you might typically find…well, dull.

Through the signature style that only Marketplace can deliver, we’re on a mission to raise the economic intelligence of the country—but we don’t do it alone. We count on listeners and readers like you to keep this public service free and accessible to all. Will you become a partner in our mission today?

Your donation is critical to the future of public service journalism. Support our work today – for as little as $5 – and help us keep making people smarter.