Doing Business With National Transportation Safety Board
General Info on NTSB<@VM>The CIO file: Linda Harradine
- By Evamarie C. Socha
- Jul 03, 2003
490 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, DC 20594
April 1, 1967Chairman:
429What it does:
The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent agency that investigates all civil aviation accidents and significant accidents via railroad, highway, water and pipelines. It is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
It determines accident causes, conducts studies and issues safety recommendations for transportation. It coordinates federal assistance to families of victims of catastrophic accidents.
NTSB provides U.S. Accredited Representatives who investigate aviation accidents overseas involving U.S.-registered aircraft, or aircraft or major components made in the United States.Major components
There are 10 regional aviation offices, four railroad field offices and six highway field offices nationwide. There is an NTSB Academy, which provides education and training to agency employees.
Among its many offices is the Office of Transportation Disaster Assistance (www.ntsb.gov/Family/family.htm
), which works with state and local authorities to meet the needs of transportation disaster victims and their families.Number crunshing2004 budget request:
$71.5 million2003 budget:
According to NTSB, the 2004 budget request was put in before the 2003 budget came through, and that is the reason for the budget drop of $1 million. The actual 2004 budget may rise some before it's
Linda Harradine, the NTSB's CIO
Henrik G. DeGyor
Chief information officerTook the job:
Great Falls, Va.Family:
A daughter, Lauren, who is an architect working in New York; a golden Retriever, Cloe.Hobbies:
Kayaking and rowing, biking, golfCurrently reading:
"Rowing to Latitude" by Jill FredstonAlma mater:
Bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Michigan State University; graduate work in computer science at Ohio State UniversityWT: Are the technology needs of NTSB different or unique from the typical tech needs of an agency?
Harradine: Because of the technical nature of the mission of the NTSB, our work force is predominantly engineers, scientists, metallurgists, meteorologists, researchers and analysts. Demands are ever-present from within the agency to provide the tools and communications capabilities necessary for accident investigation activities: flight data recorder readout and analyses, cockpit voice recorder transcription, graphics, animations and the frequent exchange of large data files.WT: What do you look for in companies with which you are thinking of doing business?
Harradine: Aside from the obvious attributes of demonstrated technical competence and innovation, I look for companies that are committed to and focused on providing quality customer service and support, as well as share our philosophy of establishing a partnership in defining solutions to meet the challenges of the organization.WT: A year from now, where do you see NTSB's technology capabilities?
Harradine: Included in initiatives slated for completion within the coming year, the agency will be delivering expanded network capabilities for secure, high-speed remote access through a virtual private network, voice/IP telephony at the NTSB Academy, full implementation of our disaster recovery site and an increase in the amount of information made available to the public via our Web site.