Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fatigue expert in line for NTSB appointment

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Washington sources say that Mark Hansen, formerly a fatiguemanagement expert with NASA, is likely to be appointed to the seat onthe National Transportation Safety Board that Kathryn O'Leary Higginswill vacate Aug. 3.

O'Leary informed the White House Tuesday that she would notaccept the new term offered by President Obama and plans open a consultingbusiness.

A deputy secretary of labor in the Clinton Administration,O'Leary has worked more than 30 years in regulatory, administrative, andlegislative positions.

Already before the Senate for confirmation are thenominations of Chris Hart as a member of the NTSB and current member DeborahHersman to serve as board chair.