Inspector Gives NTSB Clean Bill

WASHINGTON — For the seventh consecutive year the National Transportation Safety Board’s financial statements received an unqualified, or “clean,” opinion from the Department of Transportation Inspector General.

The results are from an audit conducted on the Safety Board’s financial statements for Fiscal Year 2009. The opinion comes at a time when the Board has realized improvement in several management measurements.

“As proud as I am of the continuing professionalism of the NTSB’s accident investigations,” NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said, “I am gratified that the agency has demonstrated achievement in its stewardship of taxpayer resources.”

Recently, the Government Accountability Office issued a report finding that the NTSB “has fully implemented or made significant progress in adopting leading management practices in all areas in which GAO made prior recommendations.”  The GAO also praised the Board’s continuing improvement of information security.  GAO found that the Safety Board was in substantial compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).