Hanson in as FMCSA deputy administrator, Gautreaux moving to NHTSA



Before joining the Department of Transportation Alan Hanson was the top Trump administration official at the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs. (Courtesy: DOJ)

WASHINGTON — Even in the midst of a partial government shutdown, the revolving door keeps on churning.

In the latest move, Alan Hanson will replace Cathy F. Gautreaux as deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

And Marianne McInerney, assistant to the Secretary of Transportation and director of public affairs at USDOT is leaving that position.

Cathy Gautreaux began serving as deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in November 2017, (Courtesy: FMSCA)

Sources said Gautreaux is taking a new position at the Newsal Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Whether McInerney will remain with the DOT or a DOT agency could not be determined.

Hanson has been serving as one of two deputy chiefs of staff at DOT, coming there from the Department of Justice where he was the top Trump administration official at the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs. He carried the title of acting assistant attorney general.

Published reports said Hanson previously served as the general counsel, chief of staff and legislative director for Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., as well as the legislative director for then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup, R-Ky. He also served as deputy of staff and chief counsel for former U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala.

Sources also confirmed that Todd Inman, another deputy chief of staff at DOT is replacing Geoff Burr as chief of staff at the agency. Matt Sturges, the Federal Railroad Administration’s deputy administrator, and Sean McMaster, DOT’s deputy assistant secretary for congressional affairs, will replace Inman and Hanson.

As the FMSCA’s second-ranking official, Cathy was principally responsible for overseeing FMCSA’s day-to-day operational programs and activities, which are performed by more than 1,100 employees located in its Washington headquarters, four regional service centers, 52 divisional offices and 31 field units.

Prior to joining FMCSA in November 2017, Gautreaux was serving as executive director of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association for more than three decades.

She is a past national chairman of the Trucking Associations Executive Council.


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