FAA's New Hiring Law
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FAA’s new hiring law
By Jacob Notermann |
Posted: Mon 9:27 PM, Dec 23, 2019  |

Updated: Mon 10:36 PM, Dec 23, 2019

Last week's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act did more than
just avoid a government shutdown. It also changes how the FAA can hire air
traffic controllers.

Five years ago, the FAA was told it had to hit background quotas. Half of
the air traffic controllers hired had to have attended certified training
institutions, such as the University of North Dakota. The other half had to
be what they called "off the streets." Now, that quota is gone.
In aviation careers, it's no secret, demand for labor isn't being met. Now,
Congress is allowing the FAA to hire more air traffic controllers with
degrees specifically for the job.
"Now they've come back to realize that it is important; it does matter.
Especially when it goes to the success once a graduate is hired by the
Federal Aviation Administration and trained as an air traffic controller,"
Associate Dean Elizabeth Bjerke said.
Hiring was broken into two pools. One for veterans and graduates. The other
were "off-the-street" hires; or those with three years of progressive work


FAA Regional Administrator Kerry B. Long
Editor, Charlie Muhs