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Reported to House without amendment (06/20/2006)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

National Transportation Safety Board Amendments Act of 2006 - Amends federal transportation law to extend the authorization of appropriations for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for FY2007-FY2009, including an emergency fund (not to exceed $4 million) for necessary NTSB expenses for accident investigations.

Authorizes NTSB members to appoint employees to their personal staff. (Currently, only the Chairman has the authority to appoint, supervise, fix the pay of, and distribute business among the officers and employees of the NTSB).

Requires, in addition to current related requirements, the NTSB to establish staffed bureaus, divisions, or offices to investigate and report on accidents involving marine transportation. Decreases the amount made available out of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund for FY2006 for airport planning and development and noise compatibility planning and programs. Requires an annual report to Congress to include a description of NTSB Academy activities and operations.

Grants the NTSB the authority to investigate major marine casualties occurring on or under waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction. (Currently, the authority applies to U.S. navigable waters or territorial seas).

Eliminates the requirement that the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation (DOT) be reimbursed by the NTSB for the costs associated with the Inspector General in preventing and detecting fraud and abuse in the NTSB.

Directs the NTSB to report July 1 of each year to Congress (currently, on February 1, 2006), as part of a certain annual transportation investigation report, on contracts entered into by the NTSB of $25,000 or more for services related to the investigation of transportation incidents and which are entered into without competition.

Rescinds a specified amount of unobligated balances of funds made available to compensate air carriers for losses incurred as the result of the federal ground stop order and the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Requires the Secretary of Transportation, with respect to the environmental review of a project to improve runway safety areas on Runway 8/26 at Juneau International Airport, to only select as the preferred alternative the least expensive runway safety area alternative.