A federal watchdog said a Twitter account operated by the Department of Transportation broke the law when it retweeted and liked a post from an airline front group.
In a decision issued Dec. 13, the Government Accountability Office said the move violated the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act as well as the Antideficiency Act.
At the request of the department’s inspector general, the retweet was deleted. A month later, also at the request of the inspector general, the account unliked the Tweet.
This isn’t the first time DOT has been called out for improperly supporting so-called ATC privatization.
Questions have been raised about the hiring of a former airline lobbyist, and congressional Democrats wrote the DOT inspector general about numerous instances of department officials contacting Congress in support of the bill.
Despite claims that the legislation would clear the House in the fall, the legislation failed to make it to the floor for a vote.
With an upcoming FAA funding deadline this March, the bill is likely to come up for consideration again.