FAA offered bonuses ahead of sequester, documents show

The FAA and drama are somewhat synonymous these days.

According to documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was awarding bonuses to some of its employees right before the federal budget sequester.

The new revelations come a month after the FAA imposed flight delays instead of accepting budget cuts.

According to the documents, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta notified employees on January 14 that the FAA would soon award bonuses. Organizational Success Increases (OSIs) boosted salaries by 1% and the pay hikes from Superior Contribution Increases (SCIs) ranged from 0.6% to 1.8%, the WSJ reported. The bonus programs were available to most FAA employees.

Staff began receiving their paychecks, including with bonuses, in February—two months before the flight delays that Huerta claimed were unavoidable, due to the sequester.

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