January 21, 2020
  • 2:34 pm Committee Leadership Comes into Focus for 116th Congress
  • 2:22 pm Interstate System Report Calls for More Funding, Tolling, VMT Fees, and Cybersecurity
  • 2:15 pm In Memoriam: President George H. W. Bush, ISTEA, and Transportation
  • 1:56 pm Growth Projected for Transportation Projects, but Costs a Challenge
  • 1:35 pm FAA Reshuffles Executives, Plans Drone Identification Rulemaking in Spring 2019
  • 1:28 pm Predictive Technology Helps Reduce Crashes on I-15 Corridor in Las Vegas
  • 1:14 pm Video Report: MoDOT Produces Multi-Lingual Safety Message
  • 1:11 pm PennDOT Nears Completion of Rapid Bridge Replacement Project
  • 1:08 pm Infrastructure Grants Awarded to “Smaller” South Dakota Communities
  • 12:29 pm USDOT Stresses Need to Reserve 5.9 GHz Channel at TRB
  • 12:27 pm USDOT’s Chao Highlights New Vehicle Safety Initiatives at TRB
  • 12:19 pm State DOTs Renew Focus on Ways to Reduce Traffic Fatalities
  • 12:13 pm State DOT Roundtable Highlights Asset Management Needs
  • 12:06 pm USDOT Preps $906M Worth of INFRA Funding for FY 2020

The Trump administration nominated Joel Szabat to be the assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs within the U.S. Department of Transportation on July 31; a promotion from his current position as deputy assistant secretary for the office of aviation and international affairs.

Szabat’s transportation career includes stints as executive director of the Maritime Administration from 2012 until this year, as well as a previous tour with USDOT overseeing transportation policy plus management and budget details.

Joel Szabat, USDOT

He was the federal official responsible for USDOT’s $48.1 billion share of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and, in 2005, Szabat oversaw the U.S. government’s reconstruction of Iraqi airports, ports and railroads as transportation counselor to the American ambassador in Baghdad.

He also served as chief of staff for the Small Business Administration from 2006-2008.

During the Cold War, Szabat commanded tank units along the East-West German border, then pursued management consultant work in the private sector following his military service. He went on to serve as a transportation staffer in the California State legislature and with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Szabat graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University and has an MBA from Harvard’s Business School.


%d bloggers like this: