AASHTO Journal, 19 December 2014
In its last hours before finishing business on Dec. 16 and leaving Washington for the holidays, the Senate confirmed Mark Rosekind, President Obama’s nominee to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Until now a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, Rosekind will helm an agency that had a tough 2014 with a swirl of major automobile and product recalls, and questions about whether NHTSA did enough to push General Motors to fix cars with faulty ignition switches.
NHTSA has also been without a full-time administrator since David Strickland left that post nearly a year ago. It has since been led by NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman.
Rosekind had been one of three transportation nominees that the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee recently cleared for full Senate consideration, but he was the only one the Senate acted on before it adjourned.
The other two are Carlos Monje Jr., nominated to become assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, and T. Bella Dinh-Zarr to be a member of the NTSB.