DOT Inspector General Finds Foxes Make Ethical Hen House Guards

At the request of Senators John D. Rockefeller and Mark Pryor, the Inspector General of the US Department of Transportation reviewed whether former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officials employed or under contract with automakers are in a position to exert undue influence on NHTSA’s safety defect investigations. The Inspector General found 63 auto industry and NHSTA officials had switched sides since 1984 and 23 auto industry officials took jobs directly involving the investigation of safety defects. However, the IG found “no evidence suggesting undue influence or pressure on NHTSA’s employees conducting safety defect investigations.”