May 8, 2019 12:00 PM, EDT

Nicole Nason Sworn In as FHWA Chief

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Nicole Nason, the new top officer at the Federal Highway Administration, was sworn in May 2.

Nason expressed a commitment to ensure the safety of the system. As she put it: “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.”

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao led the swearing-in event to welcome a new full-time leader for a key sub-agency.

“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,” said Chao in a release May 7.

Nason was confirmed by the Senate by an overwhelming margin in March.

As agency head, she will be tasked with overseeing the country’s surface transportation system.

Prior to FHWA, she was chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2006-08.

She earned praise from transportation leaders on Capitol Hill.

“Nason will do an excellent job leading the Federal Highway Administration,” Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said.