Impacts of the Government Shutdown on Our Economic Security, Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, October 11, 2013   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the October 11, 2013 hearing on "The Impacts of the Government Shutdown on Our Economic Security," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. From the opening statement of Deborah A. P. Hersman: "On October 1, 2013, the NTSB [National Transporation Safety Board] delivered furlough notices to 383 of our 405 employees. Our contingency plan for operations following a lapse in appropriations provides that all activities of the NTSB be shut down except for those necessary to prevent imminent threats to the safety of human life or protection of property, consistent with Anti-Deficiency Act requirements and OMB guidance. Here is what we are not doing in the 10 days that have passed since the shutdown: 14 accidents have occurred in which we have not dispatched investigators, including an 8-fatal bus crash that occurred in Tennessee, a 4- fatal general aviation accident that occurred in Arizona, and a worker fatality that occurred just blocks from here on Washington's Metro system. In addition to the activities that we are not initiating, the shutdown has resulted in the suspension of work on over 1,000 investigations in all modes of transportation. These delays slow our determination of probable cause and the issuance of safety recommendations, essentially delaying safety to the American public, resulting in lost lives and injuries." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Deborah A. P. Hersman, Marion C. Blakey, Alan I. Leshner, Keith Colburn, and Rachel Weintraub

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S. Hrg. 113-615; Senate Hearing 113-615
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