Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt, Member

Speeches and Testimony Archive

Robert L. Sumwalt

2014

  • August 11, 2014 - "Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT): The problem that never went away." Presentation to Bombardier Safety Standdown, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • July 27, 2014 - "The Crash of Asiana Flight 214." Presentation to Aviation Section of American Association of Justice, Baltimore, MD
  • July 24, 2014 - Presentation to the Lawyer Pilot Bar Association in Albuquerque, NM
  • June 27, 2014 - Presentation The NTSB's Approach to Accident Investigation to the Junta de Investigación de Accidentes de Aviación Civil, Buenos Aries, Argentina
  • May 29, 2014 - Presentation on the Anatomy of an NTSB Investigation, Houston's Transportation Safety Day, Houston, TX
  • May 29, 2014 - Presentation on the critical role of safety leadership, Houston's Transportation Safety Day, Houston, TX
  • May 21, 2014 - Accident Investigation Orientation for Rail Professionals, NTSB Training Center, Ashburn, VA
  • May 12, 2014 - Luncheon speech at Annual Meeting of Aerospace Medical Association
  • May 2, 2014 - Speech at the 261st Anniversary of the Winyah Indigo Society, Georgetown, SC
  • April 30, 2014 - Presentation to Duke Energy Aviation Safety Seminar, Charlotte, NC
  • April 17, 2014 - Presentation to the 59th annual Business Aviation Safety Summit in San Diego, CA
  • April 2, 2014 - "The impact of hands-free cell phone use", presentation at National Safety Council webinar on distraction
  • March 18, 2014 - Presentation to the Regional Airlines Association Symposium in Orlando, Florida
  • March 5, 2014 - Presentation to the Air Charter Safety Foundation at the NTSB Training Center, Ashburn, VA
  • February 27, 2014 - Keynote to the International Helicopter Safety Symposium banquet, Anaheim, CA
  • February 26, 2014 - Testimony before the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States House of Representatives Hearing on Oversight of Passenger and Freight Rail Safety, Washington, DC
  • February 8, 2014 - Presentation to Inspection Authorization Renewal Seminar, Hickory, NC.
  • February 4, 2014 - Presentation on aviation professionalism to the Aviation Institute at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
  • February 4, 2014 - Presentation to Nebraska Business Aviation Association, Omaha, NE
  • January 18, 2014 - Presentation to FAA Wings Seminar, Phoenix, AZ
  • January 17, 2014 - Keynote presentation to Aerospace International Research (A3IR) Conference, Phoenix, AZ
  • January 14, 2014 - Presentation to Southeastern Aviation Safety Roundtable on Enhancing Crew Monitoring and Cross-checking, Huntersville, NC
  • January 12, 2014 - TRB Human Factors Luncheon Speaker, Washington, DC
  • January 10, 2014 - Presentation to the University Aviation Association, Washington, DC

2013

  • December 6, 2013 - Presentation on safety culture at Embry-Riddle President's Safety Education Day
  • December 5, 2013 - Presentation to the Embry Riddle student chapter of ISASI about the mission of the NTSB
  • November 14, 2013 - ALTA Airlines Leaders Forum in Cancun, Mexico
  • November 12, 2013 - Presentation to the Patriot Rail Leadership Conference in Jacksonville, FL
  • October 31, 2013 - Presentation at the International Air Safety Summit in Washington, DC
  • September 27, 2013 - Presentation on creating a healthy safety culture to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott campus
  • September 16, 2013 - Presentation on Standard Operating Procedures to Southern California Aviation Association
  • September 16, 2013 - Presentation on Working with the NTSB to Southern California Aviation Association
  • August 8, 2013 - Presentation to International Business Class, Wichita State University
  • August 7, 2013 - Presentation to the Wichita Aero Club
  • July 17, 2013 - Presentation to the ALPA 59th Air Safety Forum
  • July 16, 2013 - Keynote address to Fourth Pan American Safety Summit
  • June 25, 2013 - Keynote address to Fourth Pan American Safety Summit
  • May 23, 2013 - Presentation to the Southwest Airlines Flight Operations Spring Symposium
  • May 16, 2013 - Presentation to the Washington Area National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
  • May 5, 2013 - Presentation to Aviation Insurance Association
  • April 15, 2013 - Presentation to Bombardier's Safety Standdown about creating a positive safety culture
  • April 4, 2013 - Presentation to Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA)
  • March 4, 2013 - Presentation to HELI-EXPO in Las Vegas, NV
  • February 13, 2013 - Presentation to the South Carolina Aviation Association about working with the NTSB after an accident.
  • February 7, 2013 - Inadequate Monitoring and Cross-checking - How do we make vast improvements?
  • January 24, 2013 - Presentation to Patriot Rail Operations Team Leadership Workshop.
  • January 14, 2013 - Presentation to the Transportation Research Board on Human, Organizational, and Cultural Factors in Accidents.
  • January 13, 2013 - Presentation to the Transportation Research Board Human Factors Workshop on Safety Data.
  • January 13, 2013 - Presentation to the Transportation Research Board Human Factors Workshop on Automation.

2012

  • December 10, 2012 - Presentation to SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners on role of leadership in preventing organizational accidents.
  • December 7, 2012 - Speaker Remarks for International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association
  • December 3, 2012 - Keynote Remarks for National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) - Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit, Washington, DC
  • November 27, 2012 - Presentation to US Air Force's Safety Center in Albuquerque, NM
  • November 7, 2012 - Presentation on Inadequate Monitoring and Cross-checking "The Problem that Never Went Away" Human Factors industry roundtable in Irving, TX
  • October 29, 2012 - Presentation on Threat and Error Management at NBAA's Single Pilot Safety Standdown in Orlando, FL
  • October 24, 2012 - Presentation on how to create the right kind of safety culture, Railway Tie Assn Symposium in Tampa, FL
  • October 23, 2012 - Presentation on Understanding the Critical Role of Leadership in Preventing Organizational Accidents, at CPUC Safety Leadership Conference
  • October 18, 2012 - Luncheon Remarks Before American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Aviation and Space Law Committee, Washington, DC
  • October 8, 2012 - Member Sumwalt gives a workshop on Safety Management Systems at Bombardier's Safety Standdown in Wichita, KS - Presentation | Talking Points
  • September 26, 2012 - Presentation to Flight Safety Foundation in Alexandria, VA, on working with the NTSB after an accident occurs.
  • September 20, 2012 - Presentation to Boeing Training and Flight Services personnel in Seattle on adherence to standard op procedures.
  • August 15, 2012 - The NTSB's Robert Sumwalt writes in an opinion piece for the Post and Courier.
  • August 8, 2012 - Presentation to Avantair employees in Clearwater, FL on the importance of adhering to standard ops procedures.
  • July 11, 2012 - Presentation to the M&N Aviation Safety Standdown, Englewood, CO.
  • June 26, 2012 - California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Safety Leadership Conference in San Francisco, CA, Morning Presentation , Afternoon Presentation, and Webcast
  • June 12, 2012 - Pilot and ATC professionalism presentation to Beaver County Community College
  • May 8, 2012 - Remarks Before the Press & Youth at Launch of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, Washington, DC
  • May 7, 2012 - Remarks to NTSB Youth Open House, Washington, DC
  • May 3, 2012 - Remarks to To the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, Mid Atlantic Regional Chapter (MARC), May 3, 2012, Washington, DC
  • April 26, 2012 - Presentation to the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association conference, Chicago, IL
  • April 25, 2012 - Remarks at Meharry-State Farm Alliance Teen Safe Driving Champion Award Presentation and ThinkFast Program Blythewood, South Carolina
  • April 19, 2012 - Presentation at Flight Safety's Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar in San Antonio, TX.
  • April 17, 2012 - Presentation to Purdue University on Professionalism in Aviation, West Lafayette, IN.
  • April 13, 2012 - Presentation to the Volpe Center's Roundtable on Automation and the Human, in Cambridge, MA. [Video of Presentation]
  • March 29, 2012 - Presentation to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • March 20, 2012 - Presentation at the SCRRA seminar in Los Angeles, CA.
  • March 8, 2012 - Presentation at the Veriforce 2012 Annual Contractor Safety and Training Conference.
  • March 1, 2012 - Presentation at the 24th Annual European Air Safety Seminar (EASS) of the Flight Safety Foundaton (FSF) in Dublin, Ireland.

2011

  • November 11, 2011 - Presentation to the 2011 Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
  • November 9, 2011 - Presentation at the Fifth International Helicopter Safety Symposium, Fort Worth, TX
  • October 26, 2011 - A Practical Look at Establishing a Safety Culture, presented to the Bombardier 15th Annual Safety Standdown, Wichita, KS
  • October 26, 2011 - Address to the Bombardier 15th Annual Safety Standdown: Raising the Bar on Pilot Professionalism, Wichita, KS
  • October 26, 2011 - Address on SMS to the Bombardier 15th Annual Safety Standdown, Wichita, KS
  • October 17, 2011 - Address to the National Organizations for Youth Safety National Teen Distracted Driving Summit, Arlington, VA
  • September 28, 2011 - (PDF, 3MB) Remarks at General Aviation Air Safety Investigator Workshop, Wichita, KS
  • August 23, 2011 - Luncheon Keynote to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators Annual International Conference, Milwaukee, WI
  • July 28, 2011 - (PDF, 1.6 MB) Remarks at Metrolink USC
  • July 21, 2011 - (PDF, 2 MB) Remarks at ALEA Conference, New Orleans, LA
  • June 7, 2011 - (PDF, 933 KB) Remarks to the American Waterways Operators Safety Costal Committee Summer Meeting, Las Vegas, NV
  • May 10, 2011 - Opening Remarks at the Truck and Bus Safety Forum, Washington, DC
  • May 5, 2011 - (PDF, 2.87 MB) Remarks to the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association's Annual Safety Stand-Down, St. Charles, IL
  • May 4, 2011 - (PDF, 1.81 MB) Remarks to the Society of Chest Pain Centers 14th Congress, Miami, FL
  • April 20, 2011 - (PDF, 1.94 MB) Remarks at Flight Safety Foundation's 56th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar 2011, San Diego, CA
  • March 30, 2011 - (PDF, 7.85 MB) Remarks to the University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences' Spring Aviation Safety Seminar, Grand Forks, ND (Video at UND website)
  • March 26, 2011 - (PDF, 6.76 MB) Remarks at South Carolina Aviation Safety Council 2011 Safety Fly-In, Rock Hill, SC
  • March 23, 2011 - Remarks and presentation (PDF, 826 KB) to NTSB Training Center Aircraft Accident Investigation for Aviation Professionals (AS 301) Course, Ashburn, VA
  • January 25, 2011 - (PDF, 1.8 MB) Remarks before the Transportation Research Board 90th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • January 19, 2011 - Remarks and presentation (PDF, 826 KB) to the Dombroff, Gilmore, Jaques, & French 5th Annual 2011 Airline Symposium, McLean, VA

2010

    • November 16, 2010 - Remarks on Eliminating Distractions for Young Drivers, Most Wanted List Press Conference: State Issues, Washington, DC
    • November 12, 2010 - (PDF, 1.8MB) Remarks to the Trauma Center Association of America Annual Conference, San Diego, CA
    • October 13-14, 2010 - Public Forum Of Fishing Vessel Safety, Washington, DC - Chairman's Opening and Closing Remarks, Washington, DC
    • September 21, 2010 - (PDF, 5.42MB) Remarks to the Flight Safety Foundation's Corporate Advisory Committee Workshop, Alexandria, VA
    • September 18, 2010 - Remarks to the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide, Beaufort Teaching Site, Charleston, and Greenville Campus 2010 Commencement, Charleston, SC
    • September 9, 2010 - (PDF, 1.01MB) Remarks before the Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety Meeting, Washington, DC
    • September 1, 2010 - (PDF, 7.91MB) Remarks before the Georgia Business Aviation Association's Annual Safety Day, Marietta, GA
    • August 24, 2010 - Keynote Address for the 2010 Training, Standardization and Compliance Conference, Concord, NC
    • May 12, 2010 - (PDF, 1.61MB) Remarks before the Flight Safety Foundation’s 55th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar, Tucson, AZ
    • March 17, 2010 - (PDF, 1.29MB) Remarks before the 2010 Association of Air Medical Services Spring Conference, Washington, DC
    • March 2, 2010 - (PDF, 4.66MB) Remarks before the NASA Langley Research Center - Colloquium and Sigma Series Lectures, Hampton, VA
    • February 23-24, 2010 - Public Hearing on Collision of Two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Trains Near Fort Totten Station, Washington, DC, June 22, 2009 - Chairman's Opening and Closing Remarks, Washington, DC
    • February 12, 2010 - (PDF, 15KB) Remarks before the South Carolina Aviation Association's 32st Annual Aviation Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC
    • February 11, 2010 - Keynote Address for the South Carolina Aviation Association, Hall of Fame Banquet, Myrtle Beach, SC
    • January 8, 2010 - Remarks before the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s 21st Annual Aviation Law & Insurance Symposium, Orlando, FL

2009

    • December 10, 2009 - Remarks before the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Flying Club, Boston, MA
    • December 7, 2009 - (PDF, 2.58 MB) Remarks to the 2nd Annual Gulfstream Safety Standdown, Savannah, GA
    • December 1, 2009 - Remarks to the FAA International Runway Safety Summit,Washington, DC
    • November 3, 2009 - (PDF, 2.75 MB) Remarks to the Flight Safety Foundation's 62nd Annual International Air Safety Seminar, Beijing, China
    • October 21, 2009 - Remarks to the National Business Aviation Association's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention, Safety Town Hall Meeting, Orlando, FL
    • October 8, 2009 - (PDF, 1.29 MB) Remarks to the Flight Safety Foundation Corporate Advisory Committee, Alexandria, VA
    • October 5, 2009 - (PDF, 994 KB) Remarks to the American College of Emergency Physicians Meeting, Boston, MA
    • September 29, 2009 - Remarks to the Third International Helicopter Safety Symposium, Montreal, Québec, Canada
    • September 17, 2009 - Remarks to the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) 2009 40th Annual Seminar, Orlando, Florida
    • September 2, 2009 - (PDF, 3.55 MB) Remarks to the 21st Annual FAA/ATA International Symposium on Human Factors in Maintenance and Ramp Safety, San Diego, CA.
    • July 9, 2009 - (PDF, 2.67 MB) Remarks to the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association Golden Anniversary Meeting, Mackinac Island, Michigan.
    • June 23, 2009 - (PDF, 759 KB) Remarks to the PALMATT 2nd Aviation Safety And Risk Management Symposium, Teaneck, NJ
    • June 11, 2009 - Opening Statement For the Public Hearing on US Airways Flight 1549 Airbus A320, N106US, Hudson River, NJ January 15, 2009, Washington, DC
    • June 3, 2009 - Opening Statement/Closing Remarks For Pre-Hearing Conference, US Airways Flight 1549 Airbus A320, N106US, Hudson River, NJ, January 15, 2009, Washington, DC
    • June 3, 2009 - Remarks to the Federal Interagency Committee On EMS, Arlington, VA
    • May 20, 2009 - (PDF, 2.70 MB) Remarks to the Training Committee, Regional Airlines Association Annual Convention, Salt Lake City, UT
    • May 6, 2009 - (PDF, 4.07 MB) Remarks to the Advanced Qualification Program Conference, Phoenix, AZ
    • April 28, 2009 - (PDF, 3.70 MB) Remarks on Human Error in the Context of Accidents to the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Flight Test Safety Workshop, Ottawa, Canada
    • April 28, 2009 - (PDF, 1.35 MB) Remarks on Threat and Error Management to theSociety of Experimental Test Pilots, Flight Test Safety Workshop, Ottawa, Canada
    • April 22, 2009 - Testimony Before theSubcommittee on Aviation, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States House of Representatives, Hearing on the Oversight of Helicopter Medical Services, Washington, DC
    • March 18, 2009 - (PDF, 1.03 MB) Remarks to Flight Safety Foundation's European Aviation Safety Seminar (EASS), Nicosia, Cyprus.
    • March 11, 2009 - Remarks to the Association of Air Medical Services Spring Conference, March 11, 2009, Washington, DC
    • March 3, 2009 - (PDF, 1.26 MB) Remarks to the 2009 Air Charter Safety Foundation Symposium, Ashburn, VA
    • February 24, 2009 - Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Aviation, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States House of Representatives, Hearing on the US Airways Flight 1549 Accident
    • February 3, 2009 - Opening Statement at the Public Hearing In the Matter of the Issues On Emergency Medical Services, Helicopter Operational Safety, Washington, DC
    • January 22, 2009 - (PDF, 2.06 MB) Remarks to the 2009 Cessna Safety Stand-down, Wichita, KS

     

    2008

      • October 29, 2008 - Remarks to the Reginal Airlines Association's Presidents Council Luncheon, Washington, DC
      • October 22, 2008 - (PDF, 2.71 MB) Remarks to the 2008 Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) Accident Response Workshop, Arlington, VA
      • October 20, 2008 - (PDF, 875 KB) Remarks to the Air Medical Transport Conference 2008, Minneapolis, MN
      • October 7, 2008 - (PDF, 666 KB) Remarks to NBAA Safety Town Hall Meeting, Orlando, FL
      • September 10, 2008 - (PDF, 1.17 MB) Remarks to the Flight Deck Automation Working Group, Washington DC
      • August 19, 2008 - Remarks to the FAA Air Traffic Organization Leadership Summit, Washington, DC
      • July 31, 2008 - (PDF, 1 MB) Remarks to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's Public Workshop for Stakeholders: Transporting Hazardous Materials Safely - the Next 100 Years, July 31, 2008, Washington, DC
      • July 20, 2008 - (PDF, 4.19 KB) Remarks to the FlightSafety’s Senior Leadership Course, Orlando, FL
      • July 9, 2008 - (PDF, 0.98 MB) Remarks to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Washington, DC
      • June 26, 2008 - (PDF, 1.36 MB) Remarks to the Southern Gas Association's Safety and Health Round Table during the Environmental, Safety, and Training Conference, Charlotte, NC
      • June 19, 2008 - (PDF, 1.26 MB) Remarks to the South Carolina Electric and Gas Company, Columbia, SC
      • June 17, 2008 - Remarks to the FAA Aviation Fatigue Management: Partnerships for Solutions Symposium, Vienna, VA
      • June 17, 2008 - (PDF, 3.55 MB) Opening Remarks to FAA Aviation Fatigue Management Symposium, Vienna, VA
      • May 28, 2008 - Remarks to the Federal Aviation Administration Shared Vision of Aviation Safety Conference, San Diego, CA
      • May 22, 2008 - Remarks to the Regional  Air Cargo Carriers Association, 7th Anniversary Spring Conference, Chantilly, VA
      • May 14, 2008 - (PDF, 2.32 MB) Remarks to the Nautical Institute Seminar, United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York
      • May 8, 2008 - Remarks of Robert Sumwalt, Vice Chairman to the 27th Annual Conference of theAviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, Australia
      • May 1, 2008 - Remarks to the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, Mid Atlantic Regional Chapter, Washington, DC
      • April 17, 2008 - Remarks to the 2008 International Boating and Water Safety Summit, San Diego, CA
      • April 9, 2008 - (PDF, 1.94 MB) Remarks to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL
      • February 28, 2008 - Remarks to the National Business Aviation Association 2008 Leadership Conference, San Antonio, TX
      • February 21, 2008 - Remarks to the SMU Air Law Symposium, Dallas, TX
      • February 19, 2008 - (PDF, 1.99 MB) Remarks to the Air Charter Safety Foundation, Alexandria, VA
      • February 13, 2008 - Testimony Before the U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Aviation, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Runway Safety, Washington, DC
      • February 8, 2008 - (PDF, 3.34 MB) Remarks to the South Carolina Aviation Association, Hilton Head, SC
      • January 14, 2008 - (PDF, 3.30 MB) Opening Remarks to the Southeastern Transportation Center Student Breakfast during the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies' 87th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
      • January 9, 2008 - (PDF, 824 KB) Remarks to the University Aviation Association, Washington, DC

       

     

    2007

      • December 6, 2007 - Opening Remarks To the Aviation Directors Roundtable, Washington, DC
      • November 6, 2007 - Opening Remarks Before The NATA Aviation Business Roundtable, Washington, DC
      • October 15, 2007 - Opening Remarks Before The Airline Dispatchers Federation Safety Symposium, Houston, TX
      • September 19, 2007 - Opening Remarks Before The General Aviation Air Safety Investigators (GAASI) 2007 Advanced Technical Workshop, Wichita, Kansas
      • September 6, 2007 - Remarks To 19th FAA/ATA International Symposiumon Human Factors in Maintenance and Ramp Safety, Orlando, Florida
      • August 22, 2007 - Remarks To The Chief Aircraft Accident Investigators Programme Of Air Accident Investigation Bureau of Singapore And Singapore Aviation Academy, Singapore, Republic Of Singapore
      • August 8, 2007 - Remarks To The Air Line Pilots Association, International, 2007 Air Safety & Security Forum, Washington, DC
      • May 23, 2007 - Remarks Before The Flight Safety Foundation Board of Governors, Washington, DC
      • May 22, 2007 - Testimony Before The U.S. Senate, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine, Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, Rail Safety Legislation
      • May 17, 2007 - Remarks to the Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association 5th Anniversary Spring Conference, Scottsdale, AZ
      • May 12, 2007 - Remarks to the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, Charlotte, NC
      • April 11, 2007 - Remarks to the Air Line Pilots Association, International Pilots Assistance Forum, Denver, CO
      • February 12, 2007 - Remarks Before the Columbia (SC) Rotary Club, Columbia, SC
      • February 2, 2007 - Remarks Before the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Eighteenth Annual Aviation Law & Insurance Symposium, Orlando, FL
      • January 30, 2007 - Remarks Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, Washington, DC
      • January 18, 2007 - Remarks Before the United Motorcoach Association Motorcoach EXPO 2007, New Orleans, LA

       

      2006

      • November 18, 2006 - Remarks Before the 68th Annual Conference, National Foundation for Women Legislators, Avon, CO
      • November 10, 2006 - Keynote Address for the 30th Anniversary Celebration NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System, San Carlos, CA
      • November 3, 2006 - Introductory Remarks Before the FAA 3rd Annual International Aviation Safety Forum, Chantilly, VA
      • October 11, 2006 - Statement Before the Illinois Task Force on Graduated Driver Licensing, Chicago, IL
      • September 14, 2006 - Remarks During his Swearing-In Ceremony, Washington, DC

Member Sumwalt's Bio

Robert L. Sumwalt was sworn in as the 37th Member of the National Transportation Safety Board in August 2006, whereupon President George W. Bush designated him as Vice Chairman of the Board for a two-year term. In November 2011, President Barack Obama reappointed Member Sumwalt to an additional five year term. His term of office as a Board Member will run until December 31, 2016.

Prior to coming to the Board, Member Sumwalt was Manager of Aviation for the SCANA Corporation, a Fortune 500 energy-based company.

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