President Trump announced his intention to nominate officials to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and to join the National Transportation Safety Board, among recent news about federal agency staffing.
The president announced April 5 that he wants Heidi King to move up from deputy NHTSA administrator to helm that agency.
King formerly worked as an executive at GE Capital and earlier in research and strategy roles at Telcordia Technologies and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, the White House said. She was a former chief economist for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and was a regulatory policy analyst in the White House's Office of Management and Budget from 1998 to 2000 and again from 2007 to 2011.
On April 11, Trump announced he will nominate Jennifer Homendy to be an NSTB member for the remainder of a five-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2019. Homendy is now the Democratic staff director at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, a position she has held since 2004.
The White House said she advises members of Congress on legislation involving railroads, the safety of oil and natural gas pipelines and the transportation of hazardous materials. From 1999 to 2004, she was a legislative representative for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters with earlier stints at the Transportation Trades Department of AFL-CIO, the American Iron and Steel Institute and the National Federation of Independent Business.
The White House said April 12 it had included King and Homendy in a group of nominations it sent to the Senate that day for lawmakers to begin the confirmation process.
Meanwhile, the Senate Commerce Committee held its nominations hearing April 11 for Patrick Fuchs and Michelle Schultz to become members of the Surface Transportation Board that oversees economic issues between freight railroad and their shipper customers. The hearing clears the way for the committee to vote to forward their names to the full Senate for confirmation.
In other agency staff news, Politico reported that T&I Committee Staff Director Matt Sturges will become deputy administrator at the Federal Railroad Administration on April 16, taking a job vacated in February by Heath Hall. It noted that T&I Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., has announced that he is retiring from Congress at the end of this term
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