HomeBlogsNTSB Affected by the Partial Federal Government Shutdown

NTSB Affected by the Partial Federal Government Shutdown

The continuing partial federal government shutdown is having some additional impacts in unexpected ways, School Transportation News has learned.

The National Transportation Safety Board revealed a surprise for the school bus transportation field. It has not only been unable to investigate 10 new vehicle crashes, seven plane crashes, and two fatal railroad crashes, but additionally a school bus—tractor-trailer crash that injured 15 people is still in an investigatory queue line.

NTSB was also expected to release a final investigation report sometime this spring or summer on the fatal Iowa school bus fire that occurred in December of 2017.

In fact, when STN tried to provide some questions to NTSB officials, its media relations contact returned a canned bounce-back email message: “Thank you for your message. Due to the lapse in appropriations, I and the media relations staff have been furloughed. I am not checking or responding to email or voicemail during the shutdown.”

So if you need some help from the NTSB, it looks like you will be waiting for a while for an official reply.

However, accidents still can be reported to the NTSB Response Operations Center at 202-314-6290. Visit http://USA.gov for info on available government services.

Meanwhile, today (Jan. 18), an apology was posted at AccuWeather.com, about an article that it said was meant “to reassure consumers and businesses that, despite some media reports, there has been no degradation to the accuracy of our weather forecasts due to the government shutdown. Additionally, the article indicated that National Weather Service forecasters, despite not being paid, continued to issue life-saving weather warnings to protect people and property across the country, and the necessary data continues to flow through government sources. This intent was not well communicated through the article.”

Related: EPA Awards Clean School Bus Grants in Several States
Related: EPA Accepting Applications for DERA School Bus Rebates Program
Related: EPA Extends Clean Diesel Tribal Grant Applications Timeline
Related: EPA Announces DERA Funding Recipients
Related: California Lower-Emission School Bus Program Issues Revisions
Related: EPA to Propose New Standard on NOx Emissions
Related: EPA Grant Brings 4 Blue Bird Electric School Buses to New York District
Related: EPA Announces Latest School Bus Rebate Awards


April 2024

Meet the 2024 Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Joe Gothard of Saint Paul Public Schools in Minnesota. Learn more...

Buyer’s Guide 2024

Find the latest vehicle production data and budget reports, industry trends, and contact information for state, national and federal...


Do you feel your superintendent values the student transportation department?
131 votes