By Staff, Go By Truck News, April 19, 2017
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A realignment designed to reflect President Trump’s priorities of infrastructure investment and modernizing the Federal Aviation Administration was announced Tuesday after a high-level internal meeting on Tuesday, according to sources close to the meeting. The Department of Transportation plans to create new top-level roles and reshuffle other positions in order to put more muscle behind those two priorities.
Secretary Elaine Chao intends to appoint DOT chief of staff Michael Britt to the position of senior advisor for FAA modernization. Britt will serve as DOT’s lead with the White House and FAA.
Chao also intends to appoint James Ray to be a senior advisor on infrastructure. Ray previously worked at the Office of Management and Budget and also served as acting administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and general counsel for DOT from 2006 to 2008.
Ray will lead DOT’s task force on infrastructure and work closely with the White House as the administration crafts a $1 trillion package to upgrade U.S. roads, bridges and other public works.
Rounding out the new organizational effort is Geoff Burr as acting chief of staff and Matt Kopko as counselor to the deputy secretary.
Source: The Hill