May 29, 2015 4:50 PM, EDT

Obama to Nominate Dominguez, Feinberg as PHMSA, FRA Chiefs

Dominguez, Feinberg via U.S. Army and FRA

President Obama announced he will nominate Marie Therese Dominguez to lead the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and Sarah Feinberg as head of the Federal Railroad Administration.

Dominguez is an assistant secretary at the Defense Department who has worked at the Department of Transportation, as well as the National Transportation Safety Board. Feinberg, a former executive at Facebook, is FRA’s acting administrator.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on May 29 said Dominguez “will be a great asset to PHMSA and to DOT.”

“She has extensive management, regulatory and safety experience in the transportation public sector, including at the Federal Aviation Administration. She also will bring a different perspective to PHMSA’s safety mission, having worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to safely improve the nation’s water resource infrastructure,” Foxx added.

About Feinberg, the secretary said, “Feinberg has already proven to be a steady and capable leader at FRA and especially during the tragic Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, where she remained on site throughout the initial rescue and recovery efforts. Throughout her time at DOT, she has been immersed in issues related to rail safety, including the safe transportation of crude by rail.

"Her attention to detail and passion for the work continues to impress not just me, but safety experts, members of Congress and the staff at FRA. FRA will benefit from her ability to cut red tape and get things done.”