NHTSA Appoints New Deputy Administrator, Still No Department Head
Last week, we discussed how the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had some Automotive News reached out to Jack Gillis, director of public affairs for the Consumer Federation of America. “It could be a sign that the Department of Transportation intends to run NHTSA from the secretary’s office rather than as a safety agency,” said Gillis.
Like other consumer groups, the Consumer Federation of America has been following the slow implementation of departmental heads in numerous regulatory agencies — worried that, without leadership, government mandates will stall.
According to her LinkedIn profile, King has been working at the NHTSA since September. However, the agency hasn’t updated its key staff pages in quite some time. It also didn’t officially announce a new deputy administrator.
King served as the global director of environment, health and safety risk for GE Capital until December. Perviously, she served as chief economist for the House Energy and Commerce Committee — which provides oversight of the NHTSA’s fuel economy and safety initiatives.
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That's okay, we're pretty safe now. Any more investment into the NHTSA will only offer diminishing returns at this point.
Why have an Administrator and Deputy Administrator? Seems like you could easily combine the roles. Looks like that's what may be going on.