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 Office of the Managing Director

Program Description

The Office of the Managing Director assists the Chairman in the discharge of the Chairman's functions as executive and administrative head of the NTSB. The office coordinates the activities of the entire NTSB staff; is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the agency; and recommends and develops plans to achieve operating plan objectives. The Managing Director—as head of this office—is responsible for the overall leadership, direction and performance of the agency, as well as internal communications and organizational efficiency. Aside from division descriptions below, the Managing Director is responsible for the following offices: Aviation Safety; Highway Safety; Marine Safety; Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations; Research and Engineering; Administration; Chief Information Officer; and, Administrative Law Judges. In addition, the office manages volunteer activities, handles interagency coordination, Executive Leadership participation, and other miscellaneous responsibilities.

The Office of the Managing Director includes responsibility for managing the Training Center. Training Center staff manages the development, administration and deployment of training offerings to NTSB staff and outside parties.  Two other divisions carry out the remaining functions of the office:  the Strategic Management Program and the Quality Assurance Division.  The Strategic Management Program is responsible for strategic planning; performance management and evaluation; operating plans, The Annual Report to Congress, internal audits and reviews, GAO liaison activity and support; and the communications survey.  The Quality Assurance Division is responsible for the notation process and quality assurance, correspondence management, and modal office product coordination.​

Senior Staff

Sharon Bryson,
Managing Director

Paul Sledzik,
Deputy Managing Director

Paula Sind-Prunier,
NTSB Training Center Director

John DeLisi,
Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategic Initiatives


National Transportation
Safety Board
490 L'Enfant Plaza East, S.W.
Washington, DC 20594
(202) 314-6000(phone)