Graves Statement on FAA Acting Administrator Billy Nolen’s Departure
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) statement regarding the announcement that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Billy Nolen will depart the agency this summer:
“Acting Administrator Billy Nolen has performed admirably under difficult circumstances at a time when the FAA is dealing with a number of vacancies in top positions of leadership, including the position of Administrator. In fact, based on his time leading the agency in his current position, I believe he proved that he would have made a capable Administrator had he been nominated and confirmed. I want to thank him for his service at the agency, and I wish him the best in any future endeavors.
“This should be a wakeup call for the President and his administration to fill the FAA’s ever-increasing leadership vacuum with highly qualified people without any further delay. Our aviation system is under stress, and with Congress actively working to reauthorize the policies and programs of the FAA, it’s critical that these vital roles within the agency do not continue to go unfilled.”