The Federal Highway Administration
announced last week that Frederick "Bud" Wright Jr. has been named
the agency's executive director. Wright succeeds Anthony Kane, who retired
from the agency earlier this year.
Wright has served as
the program manager for safety since April 2000, directing a staff that provides
national leadership and advocacy for the development and implementation of
strategies and programs to continuously reduce the number and severity of
highway crashes. Before that, Wright was director of the Office of Budget
and Finance, where he worked extensively on the Transportation Equity Act
for the 21st Century (TEA-21).
His career began in 1975
as an economist in the Office of Planning. In 1986, he was selected for a
congressional fellowship, serving with the Senate Appropriations Committee
staff. In 1989-90, he was a member of the National Transportation Policy Team,
which developed former Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner's National