A Feb. 1 article contained an outdated name for the agency headed by Ellen G. Engleman, whom President Bush plans to nominate as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. She is the administrator of the Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs Administration. (Published 2/4/03)
The White House said yesterday that President Bush will nominate Transportation Department official Ellen G. Engleman to be chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
The nomination comes as the board has been reduced to three members, the minimum needed to conduct business. Member George Black, the only highway engineer ever to serve on the board, resigned Tuesday to become a senior investigator in the board's highway division. Black's board term had expired, but he had remained pending confirmation of a replacement.
If confirmed by the Senate, Engleman would replace longtime board member John Hammerschmidt. Hammerschmidt was hurriedly named vice chairman two weeks ago when board member Carol Carmody's term as vice chairman ended and the board, because it also had no chairman, faced paralysis with no designated leader to organize accident investigations or spend money. The last chairman, Marion Blakey, now heads the Federal Aviation Administration.
Nominations have been made to fill two other board vacancies, meaning the board will be at full strength if the Senate confirms all the nominees.
The board, which investigates all transportation disasters, has often faced such complicated lapses in membership over its three-decade history. Despite its importance to the transportation industry and the traveling public, it sometimes has received White House attention only when the board has faced the lack of a quorum or a chairman.
Engleman is now administrator of the Transportation Department's Research and Special Projects Administration, a little-known office that has the big job of regulating pipeline safety.
Before taking the RSPA post, she was president of Electricore Inc., which is involved in technology transfer with government, for six years. Prior to that, she was director for corporate and government affairs at Direct Relief International, described as the country's oldest nonsectarian medical relief agency. She received her law degree from Indiana University and a master's in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.