FLEOA Responds to ABC Article on ‘Crisis’ in FAMS

FLEOA Responds to ABC Article on ‘Crisis’ in Air Marshals program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             September 5, 2019


WASHINGTON, DC – Nathan Catura, President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing more than 27,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies, today issued the following statement in response to a recent ABC News article on the Federal Air Marshal Service.

"There is no denying that the job of a federal air marshal is physically and mentally taxing. We appreciate the in-depth reporting by ABC News to shed light onto the health problems experienced by these officers. As FLEOA’s Former Air Marshal Agency President George Taylor noted in the article, being an air marshal is one of the toughest jobs in the federal government. We applaud and support every officer who answers the call to protect and serve their country in this way,” Catura said.

"It is important to realize that the problems outlined by ABC are not new. As Taylor mentions, FLEOA has worked hard to shed light onto these legacy issues. Numerous Congressional hearings and Inspector General reports have also drawn attention and oversight to the struggles of federal air marshals,” Catura explained. "FLEOA has worked closely with the current Federal Air Marshal Service leadership and is optimistic that conditions are improving.”

Catura concluded, "FLEOA looks forward to the changes ahead and will continue to work with this administration to improve the quality of life for all our members. We remain encouraged by the Air Marshal Service leadership’s commitment to improving working conditions, receiving stakeholder input, and confronting problems to uncover solutions.”