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It’s Official: Nason Sworn in as FHWA Administrator

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao presided over the swearing in ceremony for Nicole R. Nason as Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) last Thursday.  The event officially marks the beginning of Administrator Nason’s role as only the 20th FHWA Administrator and the 26th official to lead the FHWA and its predecessor organizations, which date back to 1893.

“We welcome Nicole back to the U.S. Department of Transportation,” says Secretary Chao, adding, “Her record of experience in the transportation sector and proven leadership skills will help this Administration’s efforts to streamline the permitting process, engage with innovative technologies, and enhance mobility on our nation’s highways.”

Since June 2017, Nason has served as Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Administration at the U.S. Department of State. She previously served as Administrator of USDOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2006-2008 and was the Department’s Assistant Secretary for Government Affairs from 2003–2006. The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Nason by a vote of 95-1 on March 28.

“I am honored to be selected by President Trump and privileged to join the strong team that Secretary Chao has assembled at DOT,“ Nason says. “Working with our many state and local partners, I look forward to leading the FHWA and to developing a strong, safe and modern transportation network that meets the needs of our 21st-century nation.“

Nason has also worked in the legislative branch as counsel for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary and as press secretary for Rep. Porter Goss (R-FL-14), who was then Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Nason earned a B.A. in Political Science and Government at American University and a J.D. at Case Western Reserve University. 

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Photo:  Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao swears in Nicole R. Nason as FHWA Administrator as her husband David and children Abby, Alex and Brady look on. (Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Transportation)

AASHTO Washington Briefing Focuses on Investment

The annual AASHTO Washington Briefing held last week focused on bipartisan support for the next surface transportation reauthorization bill and the critical need for investment.

ACPA participated in the four-day event, which provided 45 state departments of transportation, elected officials, administration officials, and industry representatives the opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions about transportation investment and other key issues. 

During the event’s keynote address, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recalled the first time she and her family saw the Interstate highway system.  She detailed recent federal investments in infrastructure, as well as the Administration’s commitment to infrastructure investment.  She also commented on how the DOT “… is striving to make structural changes–streamlining the permit process so projects can be delivered more quickly while protecting the environment and maintaining safety standards.

Senate EPW Chairman John Barrasso and Ranking Member (RM) Tom Carper, as well as House EPW Chairman Peter DeFazio and RM Sam Graves discussed their 2019 legislative priorities.  The event also inluded a round-table and other panel discussions.

Recorded remarks by Secretary Chao and the Senate and House transportation committee leaders can be found in ACPA’s Youtube channel: http://youtube.com/concretepavementsFrom the dropdown menu, select “Public Policy and Funding” then scroll down to videos #9 through 13 on the playlist.
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