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This document is the contract for the RAND ICJ to do the NTSB research described in the accompanying Proposal. Posted 9/24/98. Go to proposal

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06/10/98 10:10 RAND -> 912022967960 NO.042 002

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Subject: Investigation Party System and Technical Expertise (Training)

Purpose: Conduct a study for the National Transportation Safety Board of the Personnel and Parties in NTSB Aviation Investigations and related training of investigative personnel. This Study arose from the challenges raised and highlighted by the TWA Flight 800 accident investigation. After more than 25 years of having a party system to investigations the NTSB wants to determine if the system still remains functional and/or what if any, improvements are necessary.

Authority: 31 U.S.C. 1535 49 U.S.C. 1113 1131 to 1134 Section 3109 of title 5

Responsibilities: The NTSB will make available meeting apace and arrange for staff availability. to conduct interviews. The RAND Institute of Civil Justice (RAND) will exercise all requirements per their proposal dated May 15, 1998 (Attached) .

Peter Goelz Cynthia C. Lebow
NTSB, Managing Director     RAND, Associate Director
Washington, D.C. Santa Monica, CA.
202 314 6060. 310 393 0411

Cost Reimbursement: The total budget for this study shall not exceed $250,000 in fiscal year 1997, ending September 30, 1998, and not-to-exceed $150,000 in fiscal year 1998 Fiscal Year 1999 is subject to the availability of funds by Congress. RAND will bill the NTSB on a monthly basis. Invoices are to be sent to the following:

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Chief Financial Officer, Rm 6205
Attn. Criag E. Keller, Sr., CFO
Washington, D.C. 20594

Deliverables: This study will consist of three phases.

  • Phase I, RAND will provide an interim oral briefing and written report on the progress of the research end preliminary results to be delivered to the NTSB in Washington, D.C., on or about
    August 1, 1999 ;
  • Phase II, a second interim written report further updating results of the research to be delivered on or about October 1,
    1998: and
  • Phase III, a final oral briefing and written report to be
    delivered to the NTSB in Washington, D.C., on or about February
    1, 1999.

    Effective Date: This agreement is effective upon the signature and date of the parties concerned and will remain in effect until termination .

  • Termination: This agreement may be terminated at any time by mutual consent of both parties concerned. This agreement may also be terminated by either party upon giving at least ninety (90) days written notice to the other party.

    s/ Craig E. Keller, Sr. 5/29/98     s/ Richard Wright 06/10/98
    Craig E.Keller, Sr. DATE    Riichard Wright DATE
    NTSB, Chief Financial Officer    RAND, Director of Contracts/Grant-- Service,