Marion Blakey was sworn
in Wednesday as chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, the first
Bush administration appointee to serve on the board. The safety board is responsible
for investigating transportation accidents and making safety recommendations.
Blakey was administrator
of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 1992-1993. After
leaving NHTSA, she spent the past eight years running a public affairs consulting
firm in Washington, DC, (Blakey and Associates) that concentrated on transportation
issues and traffic safety.
Her current term as NTSB
chairman runs through September 2003, while her term on the board expires
in December 2005.
Blakey replaced Carol
Carmody, who became the acting chair after Jim Hall left the agency in January.
Carmody remains on the five-member board, whose members also include John
Goglia, George Black and John Hammerschmidt.