President Bush nominates new NHTSA director

| 1/20/2006

Nicole Nason is getting the presidential nod to run the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to The Detroit News.

The Senate has to confirm the nomination by President Bush before Nason can take over.

If confirmed, the 35 year-old assistant secretary of the Department of Transportation would succeed Jeffrey Runge who left Sept. 3, 2005, to become chief medical officer for the Department of Homeland Security.

Nason is a former assistant commissioner of congressional affairs with the U.S. Customs Service, and a former legal counsel for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.