From the people who brought you last year's amazing House Transportation Committee hearing on the Coast Guard's troubled Deepwater program, this Thursday will provide another too rare treat in effective congressional oversight. The House Transportation Committee will provide a day's worth of visible congressional oversight on "Critical Lapses in FAA Safety Oversight of Airlines: Abuses of Regulatory 'Partnership Programs' (pdf)." Chairman Oberstar's hard hitting oversight and investigations team has been building to this day with its continuing work to get the Federal Aviation Administration and the airlines to rectify the serious lapses in safety inspections. Part of Chairman Oberstar's success has been to get the media involved (for example, see this link) -- which is probably why the fact that this hearing is even happening won't be surprising to many readers.
-- Nick Schwellenbach