Obama names former MVA chief to high post

President Obama turned to Maryland again for a top appointment in the transportation field as he named Anne S. Ferro to head the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which regulates the interstate bus industry.

Ferro won praise from lawmakers for the job she did as head of Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration during the Glendening administration. She lost that job when Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich took office, but quickly resurfaced as head of the trucking industry's Maryland trade association.

This is what the White House had to say about her background:

Anne S. Ferro served as Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administrator between 1997 and 2003 where she established a strong record in highway safety, regulatory compliance and agency leadership. She has extensive experience in driver and vehicle safety having led the agency’s efforts to establish a graduated licensing program for new drivers in Maryland as well as a model for older driver research. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire, Ferro is currently President of the Maryland Motor Truck Association and serves on several regional advisory committees relating to freight planning, highway safety and transportation funding. In 2008 she was selected as Maryland’s Port Woman of the Year. Ferro earned a Masters degree in Public Management from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis.

Previously, President Obama named Maryland Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari as deputy U.S. secretary of transportation, the No.  2 official after Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Porcari was confirmed by the Senate and was sworn in June 1.

Ferro faces Senate confirmation.



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