President nominates Darling to head FMCSA officially

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President Barack Obama this week nominated T.F. Scott Darling to become the next administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a position he’s filled on an acting basis since former Administrator Anne Ferro’s departure last August.

T.F. Scott Darling, nominated to be head of the FMCSA.

Darling, chief counsel of FMCSA, was referred to as the acting administrator of the agency for seven months, until March 30, 2015, when DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx removed the title but asked Darling to continue running the agency.

For Darling to officially become head of the agency, his nomination still must be confirmed by the Senate. The Senate is nearing a four-week August recess and might not take up Darling’s nomination vote until after it returns to work in September.

Foxx released this statement Aug. 5 on Darling’s nomination:

“Through strong and effective management as chief counsel and acting administrator of FMCSA, Scott has already demonstrated his ability to lead the agency. He is committed to making our roads safer for motorists, passengers and professional truck and bus drivers, and is constantly working with all sides to find solutions to challenges facing the industry and the motoring public. As Administrator, FMCSA will continue to benefit from his years of leadership and experience working in the transportation sector. I look forward to our continued work together.”