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New FAA Procedures for Enforcement Orders

On August 12, 2014, the FAA announced an amendment to the procedures for issuing enforcement orders under 14 C.F.R. Part 13, including cease and desist orders, to provide an opportunity for an informal conference with an FAA attorney that may resolve, or narrow, the issues under investigation.  The amendment will go into effect on October 14, 2014, and the FAA has requested comments by September 11, 2014.  Specifically, the FAA proposes to amend 14 C.F.R. 13.20, which authorizes the FAA to issue orders of compliance and cease and desist orders for violations of a number of statutes, including the FAA Act, the Airport and Airway Development Act of 1970, and the Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982.  Section 13.20 does not apply to alleged violations of grant assurances, which are addressed in 14 C.F.R. Part 16, or to orders regarding certificate action or civil penalties, which are covered in other sections of Part 13.