NTSB’s Homendy Confirmed for New Term; Senate OK’s Other Transpo Nominees

On May 12, the U.S. Senate re-confirmed Jennifer Homendy to a second five-year term as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board and another three years as the NTSB’s chairman.

In addition, the Senate also confirmed:

  • Patrick Fuchs for a second five-year term as a member of the Surface Transportation Board
  • Rebecca Dye and Dan Maffei for new terms as Commissioners of the Federal Maritime Commission.

All of the May 12 confirmations were by unanimous consent.

Only one transportation nominee is left pending on the Senate Executive Calendar: former Florida Governor (and Congressman) Charlie Crist (D and previously R), to be Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, after Sully Sullenberger unexpectedly quit the post shortly after being confirmed.

A few other transportation nominees remain pending in the Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee:

  • Sarah Baker, to be USDOT General Counsel;
  • Samuel Slater, to be a member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors; and
  • Four nominees to be members of the Amtrak Board of Directors (Samuel Lathem, David Capozzi, Ronald Batory, and Elaine Clegg).

In addition, after ETW went to press last week, Surface Transportation Board chairman Martin Oberman announced his immediate retirement, creating a vacancy on the STB, which the White House may seek to fill in the coming weeks or months. (Robert Primus has been named chairman of the now-four-member Board.)

This is your periodic reminder that President Biden has never bothered to nominate anyone to run the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. And no one has been nominated to be Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Multimodal Freight since that post was created in the November 2021 IIJA.

Remember to bookmark our online status table of all transportation-related nominations.

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