...And Express Concerns About Influence

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Engleman Conners did not respond to the Times story, but an NTSB spokesman said the chairman hopes that "board members will continue to focus on the important mission of the board rather than on bureaucratic distractions." The board and Engleman Conners are scheduled to meet in late October to discuss the issues under dispute, according to Monday's International Herald Tribune. The Tribune also said that board members' concerns include whether Engleman Conners is too chummy with the agencies that the board oversees and too susceptible to influence from the White House. A memo from Engleman Conners to the board said their concerns had already been addressed, the Tribune said, a response that Carmody described as "disappointing." The five board members oversee a staff of 400.