FAA’s 452-pg Initial Agency File (IAF for MSPB case, mailed 12-23-08)

Lewis filed his MSPB Appeal LINK in late November 2008. Administrative Judge (AJ) Craig Berg, at MSPB’s San Francisco office, issued his Acknowledgement Order LINK within a week, on 12/5/08. FAA’s lawyers (in the office headed by Naomi Tsuda) and LR staff (Ros Marable, under direction of acting AWP-16 manager Dan Castrellon) prepared an Initial Agency File (IAF) responsive to the AJ’s orders.

Here is an index identifying all 452-pages in FAA’s IAF, as served to Lewis and MSPB on 12/23/08. Copies of all are available for viewing. Most records are viewable online (click on the link buttons to see the PDF’s).

Why share this index of FAA’s 452-page IAF to MSPB?*
…because it illustrates the extraordinary waste by federal agencies, once they start down the path of whistleblower retaliation. In this case, dozens of officials in FAA’s Western Pacific regional office (in LA) crammed for weeks, collecting all the papers they could find, then carefully removing the hundred or so key, exculpatory pages. They then sent this manipulated collection of FAA documents on to MSPB, inundating non-FAA federal officials with a deluge of junk papers. All in the name of ‘government efficiency’, while seeking to force the retirement of a whistleblower who did nothing but speak out. This retaliation is not just ‘wrong’; it is also wasteful and expensive.

*…and the reason for sharing links to so many pdf copies is
to help YOU know exactly what paperwork to expect, if
officials retaliate against YOUR whistleblowing.

 


IAF pg.1

12/23/2008
link.. Cover Letter, Agency Filing to Judge Berg


IAF pg.2

12/23/2008
link.. Certificate of Service, 12/23 copy (signed copy)


IAF pg.3

12/24/2008
link.. Certificate of Service, 12/24 copy


IAF pg.4

12/19/2008
link.. Designation of Agency Representatives


IAF pg.5

12/19/2008
link.. Certificate of Service (for designation of rep.)


IAF pg.6-7

12/19/2008
link.. Table of Contents


IAF pg.8

TAB 1: NARRATIVE RESPONSE


IAF pg.9

12/23/2008
link.. Agency’s Narrative Response


IAF pg.10

TAB 2


IAF pg.11

12/23/2008
link.. Statement re: Collective Bargaining Agreement


IAF pg.12

TAB 3


IAF pg.13

12/23/2008
link.. Statement re: EEO Complaint (there was none)


IAF pg.14

TAB 4


IAF pg.15

12/4/1986
link.. SF-50, Entry on Duty (very poor copy)


IAF pg.16

TAB 4a


IAF pg.17

11/6/2008
link.. SF-50, Removal Action


IAF pg.18

TAB 4b


IAF pg.19-25

10/30/2008
link.. Deplasco’s decision letter: remove Lewis


IAF pg.26

TAB 4c: RESPONSE TO PROPOSAL


IAF pg.27-29

8/22/2008
link.. Lewis’ cover letter, rebutting removal proposal


IAF pg.30-51

8/22/2008
link.. Rebuttal (agency copy had pgs. 20-21 reversed)


IAF pg.52-53

2/11/2007
link.. Attachment: memo, preparations for LC OJT


IAF pg.54

2/13/2007
link.. Attachment: Lewis’s written statement for the ROI


IAF pg.55

2/11/2007
link.. Attachment: memo re allegations, and a request


IAF pg.56-57

10/25/2002
link.. Attachment: WP1600.32, app.2


IAF pg.58

1/8/2007
link.. Attachment: Ralph memo to Papageorge


IAF pg.59

1/14/2007
link.. Attachment: Lewis memo supporting Papageorge


IAF pg.60-61

6/30/1989
link.. Attachment: TTD memo


IAF pg.62

TAB 4d: PROPOSAL LETTER


IAF pg.63-68

7/28/2008
link.. Richards letter to Lewis proposing removal 


IAF pg.69

TAB 4e: ROI (the sole supporting evidence)


IAF pg.70-73

3/28/2007
link.. Report of Investigation (ROI), first 4-pgs 


IAF pg.74-75

3/28/2007
link.. ROI: HRPM citations


IAF pg.76-85

3/28/2007
link.. ROI: Summary of Findings


IAF pg.86-90

3/28/2007
link.. ROI: Exhibit Index


IAF pg.91-92

3/28/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 1: AB Case printouts


IAF pg.93

3/28/2007
ROI Exhibit 2: Employee ID


IAF pg.94-96

3/21/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 3: Neville Jason Ralph sworn testimony (manager)


IAF pg.97-98

3/21/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 4: Patricia Hardy sworn testimony (supervisor)


IAF pg.99-100

3/21/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 5: John Crabtree sworn testimony (coworker)


IAF pg.101-103

3/22/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 6: Kenneth N. Moyer sworn testimony (coworker)


IAF pg.104-107

3/22/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 7: Kenneth N. Moyer, exhibits


IAF pg.108-109

3/22/2007
link..ROI Exhibit 8: William Marks sworn testimony, (coworker/NATCA rep)


IAF pg.110-111

3/22/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 9: James Swanson sworn testimony (coworker)


IAF pg.112-113

3/22/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 10: Kenneth Hougey sworn testimony (coworker)


IAF pg.114-120

3/23/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 11: Jeffrey Lewis’ ack-form & sworn testimony


IAF pg.121

3/23/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 12: Jeffrey Lewis’ exhibit (2-13-07 memo, signed copy


IAF pg.122

3/26/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 13: Statement by FAA Special Agent James Austin


IAF pg.123

11/18/2006
link.. ROI Exhibit 14: Hardy RoC memo to Lewis


IAF pg.124

1/23/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 15: Hardy memo to Lewis (not issued until 2/6/07)


IAF pg.125

1/24/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 16: Kenneth N. Moyer statement to Hardy


IAF pg.126

1/24/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 17: John Crabtree statement to Hardy


IAF pg.127

1/24/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 18: William Marks statement to Hardy


IAF pg.128

2/11/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 19: James Swanson statement to Hardy


IAF pg.129

2/13/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 20: Patricia Hardy memo to Lewis; never issued to Lewis


IAF pg.130

2/16/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 21: Jason Ralph memo to Lewis


IAF pg.131

2/20/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 22: Patricia Hardy memo to Ralph, alleging ‘lunge’ 


IAF pg.132

2/6/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 23: Lewis AB Case acknowledgement form


IAF pg.133

3/25/2007
link.. ROI Exhibit 24: Phone interview (follow-up) of James Swanson


IAF pg.134

TAB 4f


IAF pg.135-146

3/25/2005
link.. HRPM, ER-4.1


IAF pg.147

TAB 4g


IAF pg.148-158

HROI, Table of Penalties


IAF pg.159

TAB 4h


IAF pg.160-208

3/28/1996
FAA PMS (2-sided copies)


IAF pg.209

TAB 4i: FOIA-#7407 (ROI and Actions)


IAF pg.210-211

8/27/2008
link.. FOIA 2008-7407WS


IAF pg.212

10/1/2008
link.. FOIA response f/AWP-16(marable)


IAF pg.213

9/15/2008
link.. FOIA response f/AWP-700(jones) ..cover letter only; no attachments


IAF pg.214

TAB 4j: FOIA-#7242 (Regional Legal Office)


IAF pg.215

8/23/2008
link.. FOIA 2008-007242WP


IAF pg.216

9/12/2008
link.. FOIA response f/AWP31(cambra)


IAF pg.217

TAB 4k: FOIA-#0107 (Violence in the Workplace)


IAF pg.218

9/24/2007
link.. Lewis FOIA letter (stamped received, assigned FOIA 2008-0107)


IAF pg.219

11/8/2007
link.. FOIA response f/AWP-300; partial no records. (later appealed)


IAF pg.220

7/23/2007
link.. attachment to Lewis 9/24/07 FOIA request letter


IAF pg.221

TAB 4l: FOIA-#7648 (Accountability Board)


IAF pg.222-223

9/2/2007
link.. FOIA 2007-7648WP


IAF pg.224-225

9/9/2008
link.. FOIA response f/AWP-10(kubik)


IAF pg.226

2/15/2007
link..Attachment: Ralph 1521 email to Ferrera (w/original redactions)


IAF pg.227

2/15/2007
link..Attachment: Marshall 1232 email to Ralph (w/original redactions)


IAF pg.228

5/3/2007
link..Attachment: Marshall 1225 email to Ralph


IAF pg.229

7/3/2007
link..Attachment: two emails, between Marshall and Ralph


IAF pg.230

6/28/2007
link..Attachment: two emails between Lewis and Fossier


IAF pg.231

7/27/2007
link..Attachment: 7/27/07 letter..much-delayed “feedback”, from Sullivan


IAF pg.232

7/31/2007
link..Attachment: Lewis  letter to Sullivan (very poor copy)


IAF pg.233

8/7/2007
link..Attachment: three emails..(related to Sullivan’s letter to Lewis)


IAF pg.234

TAB 4m: FOIA-#7547 (seeking medical records)


IAF pg.235-237

8/28/2007
link.. FOIA 2007-007547WP


IAF pg.238

10/3/2007
link.. FOIA response f/AWP-700(jones)


IAF pg.239

11/8/2007
link.. FOIA response f/Goodman


IAF pg.240

10/31/2007
link.. Letter, Goodman to Lewis


IAF pg.241

TAB 4n: Pay records


IAF pg.242

12/18/2008
“print window”


IAF pg.243

CASTLE, PP-200702


IAF pg.244

CASTLE, PP-200703


IAF pg.245

CASTLE, PP-200704


IAF pg.246

12/18/2008
link.. CASTLE, PP-200705, original (this pay period ended 2-17-07)

IAF pg.247

12/18/2008
link.. CASTLE, PP-200705, amended 600-days later

This pay amendment was processed during pay period 2008-21, which ended 10-11-08. Emails show coordination between Dan Castrellon, Patricia Hardy and Jason Ralph. As soon as this amendment was confirmed on 10/8/08, the final decision letter was drafted.

IAF pg.248

CASTLE, PP-200706


IAF pg.249

CASTLE, PP-200707


IAF pg.250

CASTLE, PP-200708


IAF pg.251

CASTLE, PP-200709


IAF pg.252

CASTLE, PP-200710


IAF pg.253-297

CASTLE, PP-200711 thru PP-200823


IAF pg.298

 TAB 4o: GRIEVANCE (filed as part of Settlement) [castrellon]


IAF pg.299-302

5/1/2008
link.. Grievance NC-08-79364-CCR


IAF pg.303

5/1/2008
link.. Letter, Lewis to Rotella


IAF pg.304

5/1/2008
link.. Signed Settlement Agreement


IAF pg.305

5/24/2008
link.. Letter, Richards to Lewis, never sent. source: Castrellon


IAF pg.306

4/27/2007
link.. Attachment to 5/1/08 letter, two emails


IAF pg.307

5/30/2008
link.. Letter, Lewis to Rotella


IAF pg.308-309

6/19/2008
link.. Letter, denial of grievance at Step Two


IAF pg.310

8/3/2008
link.. Letter, Lewis to Rotella


IAF pg.311-313

9/25/2008
link.. Letter, Castrellon to Ghaffari, denial at Step Three


IAF pg.314

(no date)
link.. Leave Report


IAF pg.315

TAB 4p: GRIEVANCE (removal of ROI content) [castrellon]


IAF pg.316-317

10/21/2008
link.. GETS, tracking for Grievance 87720


IAF pg.318-319

10/8/2008
link.. Letter, Deplasco to Lewis, grievance denial (signed copy)


IAF pg.320

(~10/8/08)
link.. fax cover sheet


IAF pg.321-322

10/8/2008
link.. Letter, Deplasco to Lewis, grievance denial (marked ‘CCR File’)


IAF pg.323-324

10/8/2008
link.. Letter, Deplasco to Lewis, grievance denial (marked ‘Draft’)


IAF pg.325-326

8/23/2008
link.. Grievance Filing (87720) (illegible copy)


IAF pg.327

link.. Grievance #87720: Priorities for Service in ATC (illegible copy)


IAF pg.328

8/23/2008
link.. Grievance #87720: Cover letter for grievance (illegible copy)


IAF pg.329-334

7/14/2008
link.. Letter, Richards to Lewis, first attempt removal proposal


IAF pg.335-336

9/15/2008
link.. GETS, tracking for Grievance #87720


IAF pg.337-340

8/23/2008
link.. copies of 325-28 above


IAF pg.341

TAB 4q: NEW FLRA CHARGE (after settlement breached)


IAF pg.342-345

12/9/2008
link.. Letter, FLRA to Rotella


IAF pg.346-347

12/1/2008
link.. Letter, Lewis to Rotella (advance copy of new ULP)


IAF pg.348

rcvd 12/12/2008
link.. Copy of FLRA envelope


IAF pg.349

TAB 4r: FLRA CHARGE (initial filing and actions) [Rotella]


IAF pg.350

5/9/2008
link.. Letter, FLRA to Rotella


IAF pg.351

9/25/2008
link.. Two emails confirming amendment to Lewi’ pay.

600-days after Lewis was locked out, but before he could be fired, the pay record needed to be amended from Sick Leave to paid Administrative Leave, for 2/16/07. This was necessary because Jason Ralph had testified under oath that Lewis was ordered to leave, but the original pay record shows: Lewis departed on approved sick leave.

IAF pg.352

11/26/2007
link.. Letter, FLRA to Rotella (page one only)


IAF pg.353

5/1/2008
link.. Copy of signed Settlement Agreement


IAF pg.354

4/29/2008
link.. Letter, Lewis to FLRA(richards)


IAF pg.355

5/1/2008
link.. Letter, Lewis to Rotella


IAF pg.356

TAB 4s: Regional Flight Surgeon records


IAF pg.357

2/16/2007
link..Memo: temporary incapacitation


IAF pg.358-360

3/12/2007
Letter, Ralph to Lewis (copy provided by Appellant)


IAF pg.361-362

5/22/2007
Haldeman Evaluation Report, (6p, but all redacted)


IAF pg.363-364

6/7/2007
link.. Doctor-to-Doctor Memo, (the slander memo, 1p, all redacted)


IAF pg.365

6/21/2007
Memo: Permanent Medical Disqualification


IAF pg.366

6/21/2007
Letter, Goodman to Lewis


IAF pg.367

6/22/2007
Letter, Goodman to Lewis


IAF pg.368

6/21/2007
Letter, Goodman to Lewis


IAF pg.369-370

6/12/2007
link.. Letter, Lewis to Goodman


IAF pg.371-372

7/12/2007
link.. Letter, Lewis to Goodman


IAF pg.373

7/18/2007
link.. Letter, Lewis to Goodman


IAF pg.374-375

7/12/2007
link.. Haldeman letter (1p, redacted)


IAF pg.376

7/23/2007
link.. doctor-to-doctor memo


IAF pg.377-383

7/23/2007
Letter, Goodman to Lewis


IAF pg.384

7/23/2007
Fedex Overnight tag


IAF pg.385-387

7/25/2007
link.. Letter, Lewis to Goodman


IAF pg.388

8/2/2007
Letter, Schwendeman to Lewis


IAF pg.389

7/30/2007
FAX cover, Poland to Schwendeman


IAF pg.390

8/3/2007
Email, Schwendeman to Lewis


IAF pg.391

7/30/2007
FAX verification report


IAF pg.392

7/27/2007
link.. Goodman 1004 email to Ralph


IAF pg.393-394

8/3/2007
link.. Lewis 1439 email to Schwendeman


IAF pg.395

8/3/2007
link.. Two emails, re: who at FAS talked to Lewis?


IAF pg.396-397

8/21/2007
Email, Lewis to Schwendeman


IAF pg.398

8/21/2007
link.. Schwendeman 1200 email to Lewis


IAF pg.399

8/15/2007
Email, Lewis to Schwendeman


IAF pg.400-401

8/8/2007
Letter, Lewis to Goodman


IAF pg.402

8/3/2007
link.. Email, Schwendeman to Kathy Lincoln


IAF pg.403

4/26/2007
link.. Copy of receipts and billing for Haldeman


IAF pg.404-405

8/30/2007
Lewis 1933 email to Schwendeman


IAF pg.406-407

8/30/2007
link.. Lewis 1928 email to Schwendeman


IAF pg.408

8/30/2007
link.. Schwendeman 1231 email to Lewis


IAF pg.409-411

8/30/2007
link.. 1220pm, Email, Schwendeman to Lewis


IAF pg.412-413

8/30/2007
link.. Three emails related to QMS.

QMS stands for ‘Quality Management System’, which provides an online request process Lewis submitted a QMS request at 7:42am, on 8/30/08. Donna Braxton forwarded the QMS on to Dr. Goodman with a 9:19am email. At 12:18pm, Dr. Goodman forwarded the email to Dr. Schwendeman in Oklahoma City, noting he has not replied.

IAF pg.414

8/30/2007
link.. 1121am, Email, Lewis to Schwendeman


IAF pg.415-416

8/30/2007
1024am, Email, Lewis to Schwendeman


IAF pg.417-420

8/31/2007
link.. 420pm, Email, Lewis to Schwendeman


IAF pg.421-423

8/31/2007
link.. 415pm, Email, Schwendeman to Lewis


IAF pg.424-425

8/31/2007
link.. 320pm, Email, Lewis to Schwendeman


IAF pg.426-427

8/31/2007
link.. Horstman letter, (1p, redacted)


IAF pg.428-429

8/30/2007
link.. Haldeman suspension letter, (1p, redacted)


IAF pg.430

8/31/2007
link.. Letter, Goodman to Lewis


IAF pg.431

9/27/2007
link.. Memo, Schwendeman to Goodman


IAF pg.432-433

9/25/2007
link.. Email, Lewis to Schwendeman


IAF pg.434

11/20/2007
link.. Letter, Sandy Poland to Dr. Haldeman


IAF pg.435

11/20/2007
link.. WP Form 3930-14


IAF pg.436

11/20/2007
link.. FedEx label, copy


IAF pg.437-439

11/8/2007
link.. Letter, Goodman to Lewis


IAF pg.440

11/6/2007
Fax cover, Kara to Sandy Poland


IAF pg.441

10/30/2007
FAA Form 3900.7


IAF pg.442

10/30/2007
Fax cover, Dr. Foltz to ANM-300


IAF pg.443-444

10/30/2007
FAA Form 8500-8


IAF pg.445-446

12/21/2007
link.. Haldeman follow-up evaluation letter, (5p, redacted)


IAF pg.447

1/10/2008
link.. Memo, Goodman to Ralph


IAF pg.448

1/29/2008
link.. Memo, Goodman to Andy Richards


IAF pg.449

1/29/2008
link.. Two emails between Richards and Goodman

After Dr. Goodman’s 6:20am email, Andy Richards replied with a lengthy explanation that nobody had kept him informed of Lewis’ restored medical clearance. He asked for copies so he could ‘manage’ Lewis. Dr. Goodman promptly forwarded instructions to his specialist, Sandi Poland to provide copies to Andy Richards.

IAF pg.450

1/29/2008
link.. Email, Goodman to Richards


IAF pg.451

1/16/2008
link.. Letter, Lewis to Goodman


IAF pg.452

1/16/2008
link.. Three emails related to Lewis’ medical clearance

Dr. Roberts sent a 12/19/07 email, noting he had received no doctor report and suggesting administrative action should be started. District manager Andy Richards was ready to commence, but sent an email at 9:21am on 1/16/08, to confirm one last time that Lewis had failed to produce a medical response. Dr Goodman emailed a quick reply at 9:28am, noting Lewis’ ATC medical clearance HAD BEEN RESTORED a week earlier.
[note that one year later, during MSPB Discovery, FAA officials repeatedly offered Lewis the chance to ‘settle’ with a disability retirement, ignoring the fact he had been medically recertified.]