Operating Plan Fiscal Year 2013

Performance Measure Definitions

Title

Number of safety recommendations adopted over the last five years

Objective

2.1 Identify new and creative ways to advocate safety recommendations and other safety actions

Definition

This measure indicates performance on implementation of safety recommendations—the heart of the agency's mission. This measure will count the number of recommendations closed acceptably (successfully implemented) over the last five years. Board Order 70B Section 4 defines a safety recommendation. The following designations of a closed status will be used in the calculation of this measure: CEX= Closed-Exceeds Recommended Action; CAA= Closed-Acceptable Action; CAAA= Closed-Acceptable Alternate Action; CUA= Closed-Unacceptable Action; CUAS= Closed-Unacceptable Action/Superseded; CR= Closed-Reconsidered; CNLA= Closed-No Longer Applicable; CS= Closed-Superseded. The only closed statuses that considered "acceptable" and successfully implemented are CEX (Closed—Exceeds Recommended Action), CAA (Closed—Acceptable Action), and CAAA (Closed—Acceptable Alternate Action).

Data Source

This information is tracked in the Correspondence, Notation, and Safety Recommendations Database (CNS).

Calculation

Data are compiled by the Office of the Managing Director's Safety Recommendations and Quality Assurance Division on the number of safety recommendations adopted over the past 5 fiscal years (e.g. 2008 through 2012).

Limitations

Implementation of safety recommendations is entirely outside of staff control and depends on more factors than can be listed such as economic conditions, funding levels, and the current political climate.

Measure Type: Outcome

New: Yes

 

Title

Number of non-traditional methods used to address and advocate safety recommendations

Objective

2.1 Identify new and creative ways to advocate safety recommendations and other safety actions

Definition

This measure indicates performance on outreach to agency stakeholders, including the public regarding the NTSB's safety recommendation program

Data Source

This information is tracked in a spreadsheet stored on the MD-3 portal common drive

Calculation

Data are compiled by the Office of the Managing Director's Safety Recommendations and Quality Assurance Division and the Office of Communications Public Affairs Division on the number of non-traditional efforts that address and advocate safety recommendations.

Limitations

This measure faces the same limitations as safety recommendation implementation in general. The implementation of safety recommendations is entirely outside of staff control and depends on numerous factors including the economic and political climate and available funding levels.

Measure Type: Output

New: Yes

 

Title

Percent of Most Wanted list issue areas that are new to the list

Objective

2.2 Maintain and advocate items on the Most Wanted List

Definition

The NTSB's Most Wanted List (MWL) represents the NTSB's advocacy priorities. It is designed to increase awareness of, and support for, the most critical changes needed to reduce transportation accidents and save lives. The NTSB will update the MWL annually, selecting issues based on the level of progress made and whether the impetus exists for change.

This performance measure tracks new issue areas added to the MWL. The NTSB will review the entire MWL annually through the written notation process, in accordance with Board Order 4. Changes to the MWL will be announced and issue areas highlighted as appropriate at an annual press conference.

Data Source

The Most Wanted List

Calculation

A manual count of new issue areas added to the list.

Limitations

None.

Measure Type: Outcome

New: Yes