The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration plans to increase oversight of Boeing (NYSE:BA) and this year will hire 300 more employees in its safety office, the regulatory agency’s acting head said on Wednesday.
Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen described the plans in hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee, which asked pointed questions about aviation safety following a rash of close calls involving airlines.
The aviation safety office is increasing its headcount from the current level of 7,489 employees to 7,775 by the end of September.
Boeing (BA) has faced greater scrutiny after two 737 Max crashes killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019.
Seeking Alpha asked Boeing (BA) for comment.