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    The FAA May Have Broken the Public’s Trust

    Consideration can be claimed because they were free to apply against the Feb 2014 all sources examination. The use of a particular hiring authority is entirely discretionary; it is not mandated. And in particular, the governing statute for the CTI program at 49 USC 44506 uses the permissive...
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    The FAA May Have Broken the Public’s Trust

    There was NO contract between the CTI student and the government, and with the government, there is no such thing as an "implied" contract. The FAA ALWAYS said "no guaranteed employment" in connection with CTI and never represented otherwise. So let's see - no written contract or agreement...
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    The FAA May Have Broken the Public’s Trust

    The interesting part about Exemption 5 is that the deliberative process privilege is generally understood to encompass documents and materials that would be exempt from discovery in a lawsuit. In the case of Title VII disparate impact claim, the validity study is front and center and is ALWAYS...
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    GOP Files Bill to Privatize Air Traffic Control

    And that's one of the key issues - benefits, pay, and retirement. Would controllers employed by the new ESOC (employee stock ownership corporation) ATC corp. still be required to retire at 56? (Contract tower controllers don't). How would the retirement rules transition - anybody hired after...
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    GOP Files Bill to Privatize Air Traffic Control

    The reason why government is in ATC can be summed up in one word: Liability. The federal government is the ultimate deep pocket. FAA came about because of an aluminum shower over the Grand Canyon which resulted in insurance payouts in excess of $1B (in today's dollars) by TWA and United and...
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    GOP Files Bill to Privatize Air Traffic Control

    Mica introduced the bill (interestingly, an employee-owned stock corporation)
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    2152 BID IS OUT.... EXPERIENCED CONTROLLERS

    DoD civilian or DoD uniformed service? If DoD civilian, look at your latest SF-50 (any personnel action) or your latest pay stub to see if you are career permanent or not. If yes, career permanent, you have certain rights, and are not subject to the usual 1-year probationary period. See...
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    "I Wish to Decline to Respond to the Demographic Questions."

    Um, actually it does not default to white male. That would be against the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) rules for collection of race, sex, and national origin (RNO) data. Defaults to "No category marked." The RNO data, by law, cannot be used in the qualifications and selection process...
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    FAA Hiring in 2015

    Actually, anyone can apply in response to any vacancy announcement they want to, legally. There is no law or regulation that says a person can't apply if they don't meet the qualifications requirements in the vacancy announcement; you just won't qualify for consideration and its futile.
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    Vet Preference

    You have to qualify first, that is, meet the qual standards. Which includes any biographical assessment and any aptitude test the FAA requires (I won't touch on the other quals, citizenship, education and/or work experience). Vet pref doesn't apply to qualifications. If you don't meet the quals...
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    Enroute Pass Rates

    1981-1985 En Route Screen 52% Pass, 36% Fail, 12% Withdraw 1981-1985 Terminal Screen 68% Pass, 26% Fail, 6% Withdraw 1986-1992 Nonradar Screen 57% Pass, 32% Fail, 11% Withdraw Source: Della Rocco, P. (1998). FAA Academy air traffic control specialist screening programs and strike recovery. In...
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    Aspiring ATC

    There's a briefing given to Congress that indicates bringing the March 2015 folks on starting in the fall of 2015. 6-8 months is pretty common time between announcement and actual entry-on-duty. Some wait longer, several years. I'd apply against the March announcement even if I pursued entering...
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    Aspiring ATC

    Reportedly, there will be an open announcement in March 2015. The term "PUBNAT' isn't used anymore. Basically, it looks like there will be two announcements: prior ATC experience; and open to all US citizens. I don't think the CTI route is really viable anymore, plus you run the risks of (a)...
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    2152 BID IS OUT.... EXPERIENCED CONTROLLERS

    Actually, I didn't google it. Go to your basic HRM intro textbook, go to the chapter on hiring, and see what it says about the flow of litigation and the burden that the plaintiff (complainant) has to establish a legal claim in an EEO Title VII action, and I would bet you donuts to ten dollars...
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    2152 BID IS OUT.... EXPERIENCED CONTROLLERS

    Actually, "selection" and "hiring" are the same action legally (and in civil service its appointing). And the UGESP apply to all steps, including final decision to hire, not just testing. The 4/5ths rule can be applied to recruitment, decisions made on applications, tests, interviews, and hiring...
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    2152 BID IS OUT.... EXPERIENCED CONTROLLERS

    Uh, you can't "fully qual" before actually showing up to a facility, if by "fully qual" you mean certify (make CPC). Asking individuals for their experience can be misleading; look for national statistics. Key numbers are the mean (average) and the standard deviation (SD). The SD gives you the...
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    2152 BID IS OUT.... EXPERIENCED CONTROLLERS

    Some observations. First, under the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (29 CFR 1607) and associated case law, its actually about both the applicant pool and the selections made. If the selection rate for a protected (minority or female, in most scenarios) group is less than...
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    2015 Hiring Announcement Rumor Mill

    The FY2015 CROmnibus bill (HR 83) has this language, known as a policy rider: https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/83/text Provided further, That none of the funds provided in this Act may be used for the Federal Aviation Administration to issue a job announcement for air...
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    Soooo You're Saying There's a Chance...

    You would know if you were on it as of Jan 15, 2014 because you would have correspondence (e-mail or snail mail) telling you that you had qualified. But since you applied only to the Feb 14, 2014 announcement, you could not have been qualified and in inventory in January. So, basically, if...