One GS-15, One SES Employee Relieved Of Managerial Duties
This is certainly not the type of investigation normally
conducted by the NTSB. Two top managers for the board are
under investigation for allegedly wrapping a noose around the
nameplate of a former career NTSB executive and hanging it from a
wall fixture following a meeting at the agency. Neither the two
managers, one a GS-15, the other a Senior Executive Service (SES)
employee, nor the former employee have been identified, though The
Washington Post reports all are white.
The incident occurred at the end of a meeting August 6th. The
noose was fashioned out of soft cord used for crowd control. It was
discovered by an employee and turned over to a supervisor.
NTSB Chair Debora Hersman was not present at the meeting. She
later sent an e-mail to all employees at the agency, saying the
display was very disturbing. "At a minimum, this behavior exhibited
insensitivity and lack of judgment, and has no place in our
organization," she said in the e-mail.
NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson told the Post "According to the
individuals, it was an attempt at a joke. They indicated they had
no racial or ethnic intent in the action. Clearly, they were not
sensitive to the symbolism of the noose." He said the two men were
cooperating with the inquiry.