FAA chief says voting claim under federal review

Wednesday - 9/12/2012, 4:10pm EDT

By JOSH LEDERMAN
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the Federal Aviation Administration says an independent federal agency is investigating allegations that FAA managers in Seattle urged employees to vote Democratic in the upcoming election.

FAA acting Administrator Michael Huerta (HWEHR'-tah) says no one from his agency or elsewhere in the Obama administration gave such directions about how to vote.

He says he takes the potential violations extremely seriously, and that the Office of Special Counsel is reviewing the matter.

Last week, a government transparency group alleged that two FAA managers in Seattle told employees at a staff meeting that if Democrats win the presidential and congressional elections, their budget would stay the same.

The managers allegedly said that if Republicans win, the FAA would face budget cuts, leaving the employees feeling threatened.

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The head of the Federal Aviation Administration says an independent federal agency is investigating allegations that FAA managers in Seattle urged employees to vote Democratic in the upcoming election.

FAA acting Administration Michael Huerta (HWEHR'-tah) says no one from his agency or elsewhere in the Obama administration gave such directions about how to vote.

He says he takes the potential violations extremely seriously, and that the Office of Special Counsel is reviewing the matter.

Last week, a government transparency group alleged that two FAA managers in Seattle told employees at a staff meeting that if Democrats win the presidential and congressional elections, their budget would stay the same.

The managers allegedly said that if Republicans win, the FAA would face budget cuts, leaving the employees feeling threatened.


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