Polly Trottenberg Named FAAs Acting Administrator
Polly Trottenberg, the deputy U.S. transportation secretary and a former New York City transportation commissioner, has been named the interim leader of the Federal Aviation Administration, the latest attempt by the Biden administration to fill the leadership void atop the nations federal air safety regulator.
Why It Matters: The F.A.A. lacks permanent leadership.
The move comes after President Bidens nominee to lead the F.A.A., Phillip A. Washington, withdrew from consideration in March. He had faced criticism from Republican senators and struggled to win support to be confirmed.
The F.A.A. has been without permanent leadership since Stephen Dickson, a former Delta Air Lines executive and appointee of President Donald J. Trump, stepped down in 2022. Ms. Trottenberg, 59, will succeed the F.A.A.s acting administrator, Billy Nolen, who had previously been the agencys top safety official. Mr. Nolen announced in April that he planned to step down.