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PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOHN ARTHUR HAMMERSCHMIDT AS MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD
The President today announced his intent to nominate John Arthur Hammerschmidt as a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board.
Mr. Hammerschmidt, of Harrison, Arkansas, presently serves as a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board, a position he has held since June 1991. In this role, he participates in Board deliberations on specific accidents and resultant safety recommendations, on-scene major U.S. accident investigations, and the identification of transportation safety problems of a recurrent nature for formal study. Prior to becoming a Member, Mr. Hammerschmidt had extensive senior-level Safety Board experience, serving as Special Assistant to the Chairman/Board Member from April 1985 to June 1991. Mr. Hammerschmidt holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College and attended Vanderbilt University Law School and Harvard University Business School.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent agency established by Congress to investigate accidents in all modes of transportation. It also conducts safety studies and evaluates the effectiveness of government transportation safety programs. In addition, the Safety Board reviews appeals of civil penalties and adverse action taken against the certificates of airmen and merchant seamen by the U.S. Department of Transportation.