AASHTO Journal, 15 May 2015
Jeff Paniati, who has been executive director of the Federal Highway Administration since April 2008, is leaving that post in October in a transition to become the next CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Transportation Engineers.
The ITE said Paniati will succeed that group’s current executive director and CEO, Thomas Brahms, who will retire at the end of December after 43 years with the institute.
Already, Paniati has been an ITE member for over 25 years. He is an institute fellow, had been president of its D.C. section and chaired its Traffic Engineering Council.
At the FHWA, Paniati is the agency’s chief operating officer, overseeing a workforce of 2,900 and an operating budget of $400 million.
His FHWA biography says he served in 2009 as acting deputy administrator, and “led the initial implementation of the $27.5 billion highway investment under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”
In more than 32 years working for the FHWA, Paniati has also been associate administrator for operations, led the department’ intelligent transportation systems deployment and was chief of safety design in the Office of Research and Development.