President Bush has nominated Nicole Nason, 35, to be the next head of the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Nason, currently an assistant secretary in the Department of Transportation, was formerly communications director and counsel for CIA Director Port J. Goss when he was a Republican congressman from Florida.
She has a law degree from Case Western Reserve University. If confirmed, she will finish work on two major issues.
The first is finalizing changes to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program proposed in August 2005.
The new head of NHTSA also will oversee final stages of new rules on vehicle roof strength.
A date for Nason’s hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has not yet been set.