Critic Says Move Amounts To Public's "Worst Fear" Of Gov't
At least she isn't
working for an airline. Still, several government watchdog groups
and politicians are taking Marion Blakey to task, as she leaves the
top post at the FAA Thursday to take a job as president and CEO of
the Aerospace Industries Association.
USA Today reports many have questioned the ethical implications
of Blakey's move from FAA Administrator, to accepting the top
post at a lobbying organization impacted by her decisions while at
"It raises some pretty serious ethics questions," said Melanie
Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics
in Washington. Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project on
Government Oversight, said Blakey's move fits the public's "worst
fear" of government.
Blakey defends her decision, saying she has had no direct
involvement in any regulatory actions which affect AIA... adding
she was "taken aback and a little appalled, frankly" at such
Her decision has also come under fire from California
Representative Henry Waxman, who has proposed stiffer regulations
for officials leaving the government and then taking jobs in the
"Under the Bush administration, the revolving door has spun out
of control," said the outspoken Democrat critic of the current
As ANN reported, Blakey
accepted the job with AIA last month. She is due to take over as
CEO on November 12, one month after leaving the FAA.
Outgoing AIA President and CEO John Douglass defended his
"This idea that when someone leaves the government and goes to
work in our American industrial base there's something wrong with
that, I totally reject that," Douglass said.
One thing is clear... Blakey will receive a sizable pay increase
in her new job. Federal executives at her level receive an annual
salary of $168,000, according to the US government's "Plum
No one is saying just how much Blakey will receive with AIA...
but federal tax forms show Douglass made over $531,000 in 2005.