June 29, 2022

Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Welcome DOT OIG Audit of the FAA’s Oversight of Boeing 737 and 787 Production

Washington, DC – Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) 

released the following joint statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General (DOT OIG) announced their audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) oversight of the production of Boeing’s 737 and 787 aircrafts.

“Today’s announcement that the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General will conduct an audit of FAA’s oversight of the production deficiencies plaguing the Boeing 737 and 787 is welcome news for the safety of the flying public. Further, the DOT OIG’s proposed examination into allegations of undue pressure in the production environment is vital,” Chairs DeFazio and Larsen said. “We expect FAA and Boeing to fully cooperate with, and support, the DOT OIG’s audit. Our committee has repeatedly raised serious concerns with these persistent and unacceptable problems—particularly at the non-union facility in South Carolina. This audit should be thorough and unsparing to help prevent a repeat of safety issues previously identified by FAA and to ensure the manufacture and production of safe aircraft.”

In February 2022, Chairs DeFazio and Larsen sent a letter to the DOT OIG urging a thorough review of the FAA’s oversight into the production of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.