December 2, 2014 1:00 PM, EST

NHTSA Nominee Mark Rosekind to Address Senate Panel Dec. 3

Mark Rosekind, the administration’s choice to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is scheduled to appear before a key Senate panel Dec. 3.

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee is considering Rosekind’s nomination at a time when key lawmakers are criticizing the agency for not addressing major concerns involving ignition switches and airbags this year.

The panel could vote on his nomination later this week. If confirmed by the full Senate, Rosekind would replace David Friedman in his role as acting administrator.

Rosekind was nominated Nov. 19. An expert on driver fatigue, he has been a member of the National Transportation Safety Board since 2010. As NHTSA administrator, Rosekind would manage the agency’s response to General Motors Co.’s defective ignition switches and reports of unsafe Takata airbags.

NHTSA also conducts long-term research aimed at improving the overall safety performance of heavy trucks by focusing on braking issues, tires and other systems. The agency also proposes guidance pertaining to stability control systems on truck tractors and motor coaches to address rollover and loss-of-control crashes.

The hearing is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET (updated from earlier plans to hold it at 10 a.m.).