The House of Representatives June 4 by a voice vote approved National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization Act of 2002 (H.R. 4466), which would reauthorize National Transportation Safety Board for three years at funding levels requested by the agency ($73 million in Fiscal Year 2003, $85 million in FY 2004 and $89.7 million in FY 2005).
The bill also would authorize about $4 million annually for NTSB's training academy, require NTSB to notify aircraft owners and operators of their right to appeal aircraft events that're ruled accidental, require an annual report from U.S. Department of Transportation on the regulatory status of all significant safety recommendations it receives from NTSB, and allow NTSB to turn over family assistance responsibilities to Federal Bureau of Investigation if a crash is caused by a criminal act.
H.R. 4466 June 5 was referred to the Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.