2 NTSB Managers Investigated in Noose Incident
Two top managers at the National Transportation Safety Board are under investigation after they left a noose behind when a senior staff meeting ended at the agency's Washington headquarters three weeks ago, an NTSB spokesman said.
The two executives fashioned the noose out of piece of soft rope used for crowd control. They placed it around a name plate bearing the name of a career NTSB executive who recently left the agency and hung it from a wall fixture, according to Peter Knudson of the NTSB.
The action occurred as the meeting after the Aug. 6 meeting of about a dozen NTSB managers broke up. The noose was discovered later by an employee who turned it over to a supervisor. Knudson said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, who was not present at the meeting, ordered an investigation and sent an e-mail to all agency employees.
"The display was ... very disturbing because of the nature of the image used," Hersman said in the e-mail. "At a minimum, this behavior exhibited insensitivity and lack of judgment, and has no place in our organization."
She said the two managers -- one who held a GS-15 rating and the other a higher Senior Executive Service rating -- would be relieved of their duties until her inquiry was completed.
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