A Message from the Chairman


Honorable Deborah Hersman, NTSB Board Member Deborah A.P. Hersman

It is my pleasure to present the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) 2013-2016 Strategic Plan—a roadmap that will guide us over the next 4 years. The priority strategic goals, objectives, strategies and measures presented here are the tangible standards used to gauge our success in achieving our commitments to all who depend on our performance and stewardship.

The NTSB is recognized nationally and internationally for our accident investigation experience, and also for issuing, advancing and closing safety recommendations. For over 40 years, the NTSB has been at the forefront of transportation safety issues. To continue this record, our plan serves as an agenda outlining actions needed to preserve the NTSB's successes and, where appropriate, to bring about positive change.

This plan begins with our revised mission and the expansion of our core agency values, to include diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The aim of this plan is to stimulate and promote beneficial change within the transportation community—change that helps fulfill, and is consistent with, our mission and core values.

I look forward to working with all stakeholders—Congress, the public, business and industry members, and our federal, state, local, and international partners—to implement this strategic plan. I believe that the strategies outlined here will allow the NTSB to address current and future challenges in the transportation community.

Deborah A.P. Hersman Chairman
October 1, 2012






Table of Contents

A Message from the Chairman

About the NTSB
Legislative Mandate
Core Values

Strategic Goal No. 1

Strategic Goal No. 2

Strategic Goal No. 3

Strategic Goal No. 4

Appendix I
Measuring Our Success

Appendix II
Key Factors
Evaluation and Planning


Strategic Plan