Biden set to nominate Meera Joshi as FMCSA administrator

President Joe Biden says he intends to nominate Meera Joshi to serve as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Joshi has been serving as acting administrator of FMCSA since late January. The FMCSA administrator post is a Senate-confirmed position.

Joshi previously served as a Principal and New York General Manager with the transportation firm Sam Schwartz for the past year. She assumed that post after serving for more than five years as Chair and CEO of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), which licenses and regulates yellow taxi cabs and app-based ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.

Before that role, she served as TLC’s Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs and General Counsel. She previously served as the first Deputy Executive Director of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, the agency tasked with investigating complaints of police misconduct. She also served as an Inspector General for the New York City Department of Investigation and was responsible for overseeing New York City’s Department of Correction, Probation, Juvenile Justice, and the TLC.

Day-to-day operations

She will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of the FMCSA until she or another administrator is confirmed by the Senate. 

The tenure of her predecessor, Wiley Deck, came to a close when Biden was inaugurated in January. Deck became acting administrator over the summer after FMCSA Administrator Jim Mullen stepped down.

Mullen replaced Ray Martinez, who was appointed by President Donald Trump and served for 20 months before resigning. 


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