Sue Lawless Now Serving as Acting Deputy Administrator of the FMCSA

Source: FMCSA (January 19, 2024)

Today, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the departure of Administrator Robin Hutcheson. Hutcheson, who joined the Biden-Harris Administration in Jan. 2021, will depart the agency on Jan. 26. Sue Lawless, FMCSA Executive Director and Chief Safety Officer, will serve as Acting Deputy Administrator and lead the agency.

Hutcheson ends her three-year tenure in the Biden-Harris Administration, serving first as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Safety Policy within the Office of the Secretary and then as the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Her milestone achievements include combatting the COVID-19 pandemic on air and ground transportation, leading the development of the National Roadway Safety Strategy, developing key components of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and helping to secure billions in funding – including for the Safe Streets for All program. As FMCSA Administrator, Hutcheson focused on the safety of commercial motor vehicle drivers to improve safety outcomes and strengthen the supply chain. She took numerous regulatory actions to enhance roadway safety, improve quality of life for drivers, leverage technology and innovation to improve safety, increase the impact of FMCSA grant dollars in communities across the country, and promote transparency across the industry.  Hutcheson was a fierce champion for women in the transportation industry and a committed partner to stakeholders.

“It has been the most profound honor to serve in the Biden-Harris Administration, and I am grateful to President Biden for appointing me to these roles,” noted Hutcheson.  “I thank Secretary Buttigieg for his leadership and confidence and recognize the dedicated team of professionals at the Department of Transportation who work hand in hand with industry partners to serve the American people and keep our country moving forward.”