Safety

New Member Nominated for National Transportation Safety Board

Thomas McMahon
Posted on April 20, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump has nominated Jennifer Homendy of Virginia to be a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The nomination, sent to the Senate on April 12, would have Homendy serving the remainder of a five-year term that expires on Dec. 31, 2019.

Homendy currently serves as Democratic staff director of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials for the U.S. House's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In that position, which she has held since 2004, she advises members of Congress on legislation involving railroads, the safety of oil and natural gas pipelines, and the transportation of hazardous materials.

From 1999 to 2004, Homendy was a legislative representative for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. She has also worked for AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department, the American Iron and Steel Institute, and the National Federation of Independent Business.

NTSB investigates major transportation accidents — including those involving school buses — and issues recommendations aimed at improving safety. The agency does not have regulatory authority.

NTSB's members — five for a full board — are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate for five-year terms. There are currently only three members: Chairman Robert Sumwalt, Earl Weener, and Bella Dinh-Zarr.

Trump’s nomination of Homendy to NTSB now awaits confirmation in the Senate. She would replace Mark Rosekind, who left NTSB to become administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in January 2015.

Another presidential nomination sent to the Senate on April 12 was that of Heidi King, Trump’s pick to lead NHTSA — also replacing Rosekind, whose tenure as administrator ended in January 2017. The president announced his intent to nominate King to the post on April 5.

Related Topics: NHTSA, NTSB, school bus crash

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