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DOT names new FMCSA boss

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) named new leadership for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

On June 25, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg named Vinn White as both the Deputy Administrator and Acting Administrator of the FMCSA.

White currently serves as the USDOT Acting Chief Artificial Intelligence (AI) Officer.

“It is an honor to take on this role, and I thank Secretary Buttigieg for his trust and confidence in my ability to lead the important work of FMCSA,” said White. “Our agency is focused on enhancing safety for all roadway users, and I am committed to working with safety partners across the commercial motor vehicle industry to get this work done.”

White’s work before joining the FMCSA focused on US DOT initiatives involving “emerging transportation technologies, including coordinating cross-departmental policies related to automated driving systems, drone and advanced air mobility systems, surface vehicle-to-everything connectivity, 5G integration with the nation’s critical aviation infrastructure and other sector-facing, innovation-related policy areas.”

Before that, White worked as a senior advisor to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, focusing on transportation and infrastructure policy.

In January 2024, FMCSA Administrator Robin Hutcheson stepped down and Sue Lawless was appointed as Acting Deputy Administrator.

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