FMCSA loses another top official

Warren Hoemann, deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has resigned, effective May 13. Hoemann has been acting administrator since March 31, when former Administrator Annette Sandberg left the agency.

After Hoemann leaves, the acting administrator and acting deputy administrator will be John Hill, who now serves as assistant administrator and chief safety officer. Neither the White House nor the Department of Transportation have announced a replacement for either Sandberg or Hoemann.

In his letter of resignation to DOT Secretary Norman Mineta, Hoemann said that during his three years at FMCSA “the commercial motor vehicle industry we regulate has achieved its highest level of safety.” FMCSA also reduced its regulatory backlog by 68 percent, he said. “My personal highlights at DOT are reaching interagency agreement on the seemingly intractable issue of intermodal container chassis maintenance and guiding the FMCSA headquarters response during Hurricane Katrina.”

Hoemann joined FMCSA in 2003, first as chief counsel before being promoted to deputy administrator. He joined FMCSA from the California Trucking Association, where he had been a vice president, and previously served as vice president for government relations at Yellow Corp. He also served as general counsel for the Western Highway Institute, a nonprofit trucking industry research organization, from 1978 to 1986.