NATCA Strongly Supports the CONTRACT Act
The Continuity for Operators with Necessary Training Required for ATC Contract Towers (CONTRACT) Act of 2021 would provide an incentive for retired federal controllers to continue working as controllers at the 256 airports that participate in the FAA’s Contract Tower Program. NATCA Represents controllers at 115 of those towers. Click here to see the full list. Controllers who retire from federal service would be able to work as controllers at smaller contract tower airports without their federal annuity supplement being reduced or eliminated entirely. Making this simple fix would provide a much-needed financial incentive for retired federal controllers to continue in the career.
NATCA supported the CONTRACT Act in the 116th Congress, but it did not advance through the legislative process at that time. The sponsors of the legislation have reintroduced the bill for consideration in the 117th Congress. It has been reintroduced in the Senate by Senators James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and in the House by Representatives by Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Julia Brownley, D-Calif.
Recently, NATCA joined the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the U.S. Contract Tower Association (USCTA) in releasing a letter advocating for the passage of the CONTRACT Act. You may see that letter here.