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FMCSA's Anne Ferro Stepping Down in August


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Anne Ferro will step down from her post next month, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced July 25.

“Anne has been a true leader in safety throughout her time at DOT,” Foxx wrote in a memo to DOT staff. “She has made it more difficult for companies that jeopardize the public’s well-being to stay in business and easier for consumers to make informed choices when choosing a shipper or buying a bus ticket.”

UPDATE, JULY 29, 10 a.m. EDT: Ferro is scheduled to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security on July 29 at 3 p.m. EDT. It will be streamed live at the committee's website.

Ferro said she is leaving the agency to become president and CEO of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators in August. Appointed in 2009 by President Obama, she had been the agency’s longest-serving administrator.

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In a note to FMCSA staff, Ferro touted her push to “ensure that companies and drivers are more accountable for their actions, strengthened our oversight of high-risk carriers, created better tools for our law enforcement partners, and opened up a new world of useful  data to educate both businesses and consumers alike.”

The White House will be expected to announce Ferro’s successor in the coming weeks. There’s no clear indication yet about her replacement. But whomever the Obama administration nominates, she or he will very likely face several senators who oppose the agency’s recent hours-of-service rules. Current FMCSA deputy administrator Bill Bronrott would be an obvious choice to lead the agency in an acting capacity until an administrator is confirmed.

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By Eugene Mulero
Staff Reporter

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