US: senators ready to decide if the NHTSA gets new boss image

Mark Rosekind, stomach a human fatigue and pilot-alertness expert has been nominated to end the hiatus at the top of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, sick without a leader for some months.

Now, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has scheduled a hearing for next week – on December 3 – to discuss whether to accept the nomination. President Barack Obama nominated him last week and the swift panel discussion hints the process is now on a fast track. The NHTSA has been heavily criticized this year because of the two huge safety scandals that hit the US auto industry (with deep, global repercussions): the General Motors ignition switch debacle and the Takata airbags issue.

David Strickland opted to resign from the leadership position at the NHTSA late last year and the nation’s top auto safety agency has been without a permanent chief since – being instead run by David Friedman, deputy NHTSA administrator. Rosekind has been among others a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, the investigator of major transportation accidents. Between 1990 and 1997 he also worked for NASA, leading the fatigue countermeasures program and also heading the aviation operations in the flight management and human factors division at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California.

Via Automotive News