Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel advises, assists, and represents the National Transportation Safety Board in support of its activities. As the legal advisor to the NTSB, it has responsibility for determining legal policy for the agency.

The Office of the General Counsel provides responsive legal support to NTSB programs and activities to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the NTSB under Federal law and regulation. The General Counsel ensures NTSB activities are in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and enforces the statutory prohibitions against the use of certain Board products in civil litigation. It also ensures the independence of the Board's investigation process by preventing outside organizations and individuals from imposing unjustified demands on investigative personnel's time.

The Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO), who administers the NTSB Ethics Program pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act and Standards of Conduct on behalf of the Chairman of the NTSB, is located in and supported by the Office of General Counsel. The NTSB Ethics Officials in the Office of General Counsel manage and oversee the financial disclosure report program, training, and provision of advice.

Senior Staff

David Tochen,
General Counsel/Acting Designated Ethics Official

Ann Gawalt,
Deputy General Counsel/Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official

Shannon Bennett,
Assistant Agency Ethics Official



National Transportation Safety Board
490 L'Enfant Plaza East, S.W.
6th Floor, Room 6205
Washington, DC 20594
(202) 314-6080 (phone)
(202) 314-6090 (fax)