I have been following the CSB since before my retirement several years ago, and I can attest that it has all the elements of a reality TV series! For example: CSB staff morale based on internal surveys has been very poor; staff turnover has been exceptionally high (contributing to delays in completing investigations); there has been significant discord among CSB Board members, as well as poor relations with Congress (culminating in a bipartisan request that ultimately resulted in resignation of the previous CSB Board Chair at the request of President Obama); refusal for a time of the previous CSB Chair to cooperate with an EPA Inspector General investigation of use of private e-mails to conduct CSB business; and a surprise vote (characterized as a "boardroom coup") at the end of a January 2015 public meeting to end three CSB investigations and consolidate power with the CSB Chair (note that the vote on this power consolidation was reversed at the May 10 public meeting of the CSB Board).
Despite all this drama and its flaws, the CSB has done some exceptional work that is highly valued. Mark Griffon, who is the interim CSB Chair (his term expires in June) has begun some much needed steps to open up the CSB to regular public input, as well as laying out its plans for public scrutiny. I'm willing to keep an open mind regarding Vanessa Sutherland's leadership of the CSB, presuming her appointment will be approved by the Senate. DCHAS members certainly should take advantage of the opportunity for input on the future direction of the CSB.
Rosearray EHS Services LLC
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] CSB Public Meetings - input?
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