Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-LA) requested the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) conduct a review of the FAA’s oversight of the manufacture and production of the Boeing 787.
The Members highlighted several concerns in their letter: “In October 2020, Boeing halted delivery of new 787s to customers for multiple months due to production issues. During 2021, Boeing restarted deliveries in March, but Boeing identified additional production issues and halted deliveries in May. Production was again halted in July, and deliveries currently remain paused.”
The Members concluded by requesting the OIG evaluate whether the FAA’s existing inspection program is sufficient to identify production issues, including whether FAA has enough inspectors, whether FAA performs enough inspections, and whether FAA has appropriate processes in place to identify production issues. They also asked the OIG to review and evaluate the effectiveness of the FAA’s actions to resolve 787 production issues.