Wed, Mar 23, 2005
Still No Word From White House On Replacing NTSB Chairman
Come Sunday, the NTSB
could be in an unusual spot -- without a chief when the current
chairman, Ellen Engleman-Conners, is forced to step down.
Conners' term is up on Sunday. So you might figure, no problem
-- there's always Vice Chairman Mark Rosenker. But his term is up
on April 2nd.
Heard this song before? You bet you have. Two years ago, the
Bush administration waited until the last hour before naming
Conners to replace Acting Chairman Carol Carmody as her term came
to an end.
In the meantime, Engleman-Conners is not winning many friends in
DC. ANN has already reported on a number of internal issues
that have arisen among NTSB staffers over her conduct and
management style, while the public comments (as to cause...
long before any real data is collected) she has made shortly after
high-profile accidents have angered several high-profile aviation
officials. As a result, several pundits on the hill see the
Engleman-Conners scenario as having "little future at the
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