CONFIRMATION OF AN FAA ADMINISTRATOR IN A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEAR POLITICALLY DIFFICULT BUT NEEDS TO BE DONE

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ARTICLE  FAA Candidate Faces Historical Odds

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The concept of appointing of an Administrator for a fixed period is, in general, a good idea. However, discussions over the nomination of Bobby Sturgell and the current nomination of Michael Huerta demonstrate why the confirmation of a political Administrator months before an election is not a perfect idea.

Mr. Huerta has done an admirable job as an acting Administrator for the six months since his predecessor resigned and he has the managerial experience needed for leading the NextGen challenge.

Yes it is possible that he will be introduced to a new Secretary of Transportation, who would be appointed by another President. Yes it might be unusual for an Administrator appointed by a Democrat to be invited to politically sensitive meetings of his new Secretary appointed by a Republican president. But it can work. In fact it is working today and has worked in the past when the FAA Administrator and Secretary of Transportation come from different political parties.

Bottom Line: even though there is a possibility that this President may not be reelected, it’s time for Congress to do what is right instead of what is politically correct. Confirm Mr. Huerta quickly.

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