Operating Plan Fiscal Year 2013

Performance Measure Definitions

Title

Number of Products adopted by the Board

Objective

1.1 Select and scale an appropriate response to accident investigations and incidents

Definition

This measure counts the number of products that each investigative office delivers to the Board for adoption, either at a Board Meeting or by vote on a Notation item.  A product is defined as a completed report, safety study, safety report, accident brief, response to proposed rulemaking, as well as any public hearings or forums held.   

Data Source

Data will be collected from the Correspondence, Notation, & Safety Recommendations Database (CNS) and each product presented to the Board for their adoption at a Board meeting or by vote on a Notation item. 

Calculation

A count of the number of products adopted either at a Board Meeting or by vote on a Notation item and the number of public hearings/forums held.

Limitations

There is no difficulty in collecting the measurement data, but factors beyond our control such as higher-priority issues that Congress must deal with may prevent them from taking action on aviation safety issues.

Measure Type: Output

New: No

 

Title

Average time (in months) to completed Board adopted products

Objective

1.1 Select and scale an appropriate response to accident investigations and incidents

Definition

This measure captures the average time that it takes an investigative Office to deliver NTSB products to the Board for adoption, either at a Board Meeting or by vote on a Notation item. A product is defined as a completed report, safety study, safety report, accident brief, response to proposed rulemaking, as well as any public hearings or forums held.    Adoption date normally is defined as adoption by Board Members at a Board Meeting.  However, for some notation items which are not scheduled for a board meeting, 30 days will be added to the date in which the product goes on notation.  Timeliness is established when all votes are recorded, or the end of the 30 day period, whichever comes first.

Each fiscal year, each office may select one accident investigation to be completed and presented to the Board within one year. If this investigation affects other products and resources, the office will not be penalized for the delay. An adjustment of the delay will be used in calculating this measure.

Data Source

Data, including the date of the accident, approval of the safety study topic and public hearings and forums by the Board, and safety report begin date and the date that the Board adopted the product will be collected from the Correspondence, Notation, and Safety Recommendations Database (CNS).

Calculation

A count of the number of months between the accident date, approval of the safety study topic and public hearings and forums by the Board, safety report begin date and the Board adoption date will be determined for each product and an average will be calculated.  If a product has been delayed due to the selection of the accident investigation designated for completion within one year, the time of delay can be subtracted from the other products completion dates.

Example: If during the fiscal year, the designated investigation pushes resources back 6 months, then 6 months can be subtracted from the overall products average time.

Limitations

Factors beyond our control such as major launch activity or limited Board Meeting date availability may restrict the number of reports adopted at Board Meetings.  The agency strives to achieve completion of investigative products within 18 months of the date of the accident. To accomplish this, we assess the complexity of the investigations and staff workload to set the target level as appropriate.

Measure Type: Efficiency

New: No

 

Title

Number of aviation international cooperative activities completed

Objective

1.2 Increase the recognition of the NTSB's role for investigating international aviation accidents

Definition

This measure will count the number of aviation international cooperative activities completed. The offices' count will include the following actions: (1) international launches to participate in the on-scene phase of international investigations, (2) significant travel (domestic or international) to support international aviation accident /serious incident investigations, and/or (3) U.S. team comments to draft ICAO reports where significant U.S. resources have been applied.

Data Source

A log of the number of applicable international cooperative activities will be kept either electronically or manually.

Calculation

An electronic or manual count of the number of activities.

Limitations

Factors beyond our control such as the number of international accidents that warrant a launch or limited staff resources due to domestic workload priorities may restrict the number of activities the office completes.

Measure Type: Output

New: Yes

 

Title

Percent of transportation disaster assistance support provided to major aviation and rail accident investigations as legislated

Objective

1.3 Continue to effectively coordinate and deliver Transportation Disaster Assistance (TDA) to accident victims

Definition

This performance measure tracks the Transportation Disaster Assistance Division's (TDA's) ability to be responsive to internal requests for support from the modal investigative divisions. It reports the percentage of requests for which TDA provides support when asked by the investigator in charge or air safety investigator. TDA staff coordinates the resources of the Federal Government, state and local government, volunteer organizations and the operator to meet the needs of transportation disaster victims and their families, while also providing support for NTSB investigative activities.

Data Source

The total number of requests for which TDA provided support, and any requests TDA was unable to support.

Calculation

Requests are tracked by a spreadsheet. To calculate the percentage, divide the total number of investigations where TDA provided support (numerator) by the total number of requests for those services (denominator), then multiply by one hundred. This is a manual calculation.

Limitations

Multiple simultaneous accidents could affect TDA's ability to provide support.

Measure Type: Outcome

New: No


 

Title

Number of outcome-oriented safety results involving industry or government stakeholders following outreach efforts (e.g. legislation, federal rule, industry symposium or lessons learned)

Objective

1.4 Engage in outreach with transportation community to improve awareness of lessons learned from accident investigations nationally and internationally

Definition

The Offices of Aviation, Highway, Marine Safety, Research & Engineering, and Rail, Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Investigations will provide advice and information on a wide range of topics that affect transportation safety. Congress may take actions such as holding hearings, proposing legislation, or other actions to improve transportation safety. The offices' count will include the following actions: (1) standards or rulemaking committees actively working to address safety recommendations, (2) standards or regulations that are drafted through rulemaking or industry processes, (3) final rules, industry standards, or operating procedures that are adopted, (4) the number of times that lessons learned from accident investigations and recommended actions for safety improvements are included on agendas at national conferences and at highly visible public events, (5) legislative action that requires recommended safety improvements to be implemented, (6) industry symposium(s)held and/or lesson learned.

Data Source

A log of the number of applicable safety results will be kept.

Calculation

A manual count of the applicable safety results will be kept.

Limitations

There is no difficulty in collecting the measurement data, but factors beyond our control such as higher-priority issues that Congress must deal with may prevent the agency from taking action on aviation safety issues.

Measure Type: Output

New: No