In response to the FAA Administrator's Compliance Philosophy change that was published as an agency order in June 2015, the FAA issued a change to its FAA Order 2150.3B, FAA Compliance and Enforcement Program, which guides how the FAA will investigate and prosecute allegations of FAR violations. Notably, the 2150.3B change sets forth specific criteria for handling many matters without the need for legal enforcement action, leaving suspension, revocation, and civil penalty actions for conduct that is intentional, reckless, a risk to aviation safety, goes unremediated, or is otherwise required by law. On October 30th, the FAA issued Change 10 to clarify how the Compliance Philosophy is to apply to cases that have already been initiated.
Flight Standards updated its inspector's guidance regarding their conduct and activity in the field, predominently outlining the use of Compliance Actions as lower level alternatives to administrative and legal enforcement action as a way to resolve many apparent FAR violations.
In addition, the FAA Flight Standards Office updated its guidance for remedial training procedures to align with the new FAA Compliance Philosophy. Remedial training falls under the FAA inspector's authority to resolve actual or apparent violations with a Compliance Action tool.