The FAA, or Federal Aviation Administration is the government body responsible for ensuring civil aviation safety; it is part of the Department of Transportation (DOT). The FAA issues and enforces civil aviation regulations as well as the minimum standards for aircraft manufacturing, operation, and maintenance. They are also responsible for the certification of airpersons and airports. While the FAA is separate from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), they often collaborate in their investigations of aviation accidents. It is important to note the FAA, along with the NTSB, simply investigate aviation accidents; they have no duty or responsibility toward the victims and their legal/financial interests.