Clapp to leave FMCSA post

Joseph M Clapp, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), will leave the post in December, according to FMCSA information. He was named administrator by President Bush in October 2001.

"Joe Clapp has been an outstanding member of our team at DOT," said Norman Y Mineta, Transportation Secretary. "As the leader of the FMCSA, he brought considerable private-sector experience to bear on a number of key issues facing the industry at a critical time in our Nation's history, and I am deeply grateful for his contributions. I truly appreciate the service Joe has so generously given the country, and while we will miss his counsel, I know he is looking forward to resuming the retirement he was enjoying before his call to service."

Annette M Sandberg has been named deputy administrator effective immediately. She served as deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) since February 11, 2002. Sandberg was the chief of the Washington State Patrol for six years, and is a nationally recognized expert on law enforcement and traffic safety. She spent more than 17 years in law enforcement, supervisory and administrative posts--some of which included responsibility for motor carrier safety--with the Washington State Patrol. Sandberg has a law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law and earned an MBA from City University, Bellevue WA, graduating magna cum laude.

"Annette Sandberg brings vast experience and savvy to a job that will continue to be challenging," Mineta said. "The leadership she demonstrated in NHTSA helped improve highway safety in this country and now we are asking her to help reduce truck-related fatalities."

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