December 8, 1999 10:14 AM, EST

Top FHWA Official Jeff Resigns

Gloria J. Jeff will leave her position as deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration on Jan. 3.

Gloria J. Jeff
Jeff will join the Washington, D.C., office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the oldest engineering firms in the United States that designed and constructed the original New York subway system.

The Detroit native is perhaps most well known in trucking circles for having pulled out a pager at a session of American Trucking Associations’ annual meeting in October 1998 and said she was waiting for confirmation "any minute now" that an hours-of-service rule had been proposed by FHWA.

Fourteen months later that pager message still has not be realized as federal officials continue considering reforms to the regulation.

Jeff holds a master’s degree in civil engineering and urban planning from the University of Michigan, which honored her in 1991 with Distinguished Alumni Award.

Jeff was named deputy administrator by Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater in August 1997. Before that, she served as FHWA associate administrator for policy, overseeing, among other things, the 1997 Federal Highway Cost Allocation Study, the first such evaluation in 15 years.

"It’s clearly a part of her continuing professional development path," said FHWA spokeswoman Gail Shibley. "DOT’s loss is Parsons Brinckerhoff’s gain."