NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


September 24, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. - National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Ellen G. Engleman and Counselor to the Chairman David Clark were presented September 22 with Public ServiceAwards from the United States Coast Guard for their work in transitioning the Coast Guard to the Department of Homeland Security. Both Chairman Engleman and Mr. Clark were at the U.S. Department of Transportation when the transition occurred.

Chairman Engleman received the Coast Guard's Distinguished Public Service Award, after Lifesaving the highest award given by the Coast Guard to a civilian. Clark received the Meritorious Public Service Award. The awards were presented at a private ceremony by Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta and Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Tom Collins.

In the citation accompanying her award, Chairman Engleman was lauded for her work in leading the transition of the Coast Guard from the Transportation Department to the Department of Homeland Security, as mandated by law following the attacks of September 11. The transition team had two months to transfer or realign 170 different relationships between the Coast Guard and DOT. At the time, Engleman was Administrator of DOT's Research and Special Programs Administration. Her work, the citation stated, "ensured there would be no disruption in service to DOT or Coast Guard employees, nor any reduction of service to the Nation's maritime transportation system."

During the presentation, Chairman Engleman thanked Secretary Mineta for his leadership in the transition and commended the transition team for its success. "Under Secretary Mineta's leadership, the transition team ensured that there was no degradation of services to the Department of Transportation or the Coast Guard. Every deadline was met, and the transition was seamless."

In his citation, Clark was praised for orchestrating virtually overnight "the stand-up of a completely functional 'war room' stocked with computers, printers, phones, and office supplies with an 'Always Ready' support team to back it up. He knew the importance of adhering to the agreed-to deadlines and professionally pressed to keep the transition on track."

Chairman Engleman resigned from the Department of Transportation on March 24, 2003, the day she became the 10th Chairman of the NTSB.

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