Federal Highway Administration Administrator Nicole R. Nason, left, is sworn in May 2 by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, with Nason’s husband David, and children Abby, Alex, and Brady in attendance. (Photo Credit: USDOT)

By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator Nicole Nason will address the 10:30-11 a.m. May 14 general session of ARTBA’s Federal Issues Program (FIP). The Senate confirmed Nason in March, ending a two-year vacancy in the agency’s top spot. She had been working at the State Department as assistant secretary for administration.

The FIP opens May 13. The Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In follows the May 14 ARTBA Foundation Awards Luncheon. More details on both at the event website.

In leading the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2006 to 2008, Nason helped to initiate new seat belt rules for school buses, rulemaking for electronic stability control systems, and new car seat safety regulations, according to a government biography. Under her watch, NHTSA developed the first-ever criteria for crash test ratings for the Five-Star Safety Ratings program and held the first-ever bilateral meeting with the Chinese government on regulations for motor vehicle safety.

ARTBA’s FIP also includes important division, council, and committee meetings. ARTBA senior staff will update members about the latest legislative, regulatory and market developments. Leaders of the ARTBA Project 2019 Reauthorization Task Force will outline their policy recommendations for the 2020 highway/transit bill.

The TCC Fly-In is also your chance to meet face-to-face with your members of Congress to press for action on a permanent revenue solution for the Highway Trust Fund.