Questions expected on FAA reforms, TSA resources and sequester at Congressional hearings today

Federal Aviation (FAA)  Administrator Michael Huerta will testify today before the House Aviation Subcommittee on the implementation of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (which finally reauthorized the agency last year after 5 years of short term extensions).  Separately, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole will testify before an Appropriations subcommittee on the TSA’s resources for risk-based security.  Both chiefs are the only witnesses at their respective hearings, and the impact of the looming sequester on the FAA’s workforce and airport security is expected to be discussed.

ALPA joined members of Congress and travel association representatives at a news conference this week calling for federal lawmakers to ensure that the FAA, the TSA, and Customs and Border Protection are not forced to make hundreds of millions of dollars in across-the-board budget cuts because of the so-called sequester, which could go into effect on March 1.

Tune in to the Aviation Subcommittee’s webcast at 10:30am today here.  Mr. Pistole’s hearing will commence at 10am and is also available via webcast.

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