Dickson is expected to be confirmed before the Republican-controlled Senate just in time to dive into an ever-expanding series of problems surrounding the certification of Boeing's 737 MAX 8 & 9 aircraft that have drawn the agency into the investigation. All MAX aircraft in the U.S. were grounded last week amid questions regarding the safety of a piece of computer software designed to prevent loss of control of the airplane in a critical angle of attack situations. Additionally, Boeing's entire certification, as well as the FAA's interaction with the aircraft builder during the process, are being called into question. The U.S. DOT Inspector General is soon expected to begin an investigation into a number of issues surrounding the grounding and the certification following two fatal 737 MAX crashes in the past six months.