WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board announced today that it has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking public comment regarding proposed changes to rules governing procedures for hearings and other Board proceedings, as well as descriptions of Board products, such as reports and safety recommendations. The rules appear in 49 C.F.R. part 845.
In the NPRM, the NTSB proposes reorganizing the rules into subparts to make the rules easier to access and consult. The proposed subparts include: rules describing procedures for hearings; rules applicable to Board meetings; and miscellaneous provisions describing Board products. The NTSB also proposes to update outdated terms and information.
The NPRM follows two NTSB’s Federal Register notices from June 2012, which stated the NTSB was undertaking a retrospective review of all agency regulations in order to update them. The NTSB subsequently published a plan for undertaking such updates, which it published in January 2013. As described in the preamble for the NPRM issued today, the NTSB is reviewing its regulations in response to Executive Orders directing agencies to update regulations.
All of the proposed changes, along with the rationale for each of them, are in the complete NPRM, which is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-19/pdf/2015-06187.pdf.
The public may submit comments to the NPRM via www.regulations.gov, Docket No. NTSB-GC-2012-0002, or via postal mail or facsimile, addressed to the NTSB Office of General Counsel. Comments should be submitted no later than May 18, 2015.