Senate committee approves Darling's nomination to head FMCSA

By Land Line staff | 3/4/2016

With a voice vote by the Senate Commerce Committee, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Acting Administrator T. F. “Scott” Darling is one step closer to taking over the administrator role officially.

The Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., opened the committee’s March 3 meeting saying there were a number of “noncontroversial” nominations to be voted on – Darling’s nomination among those.

Darling was nominated in August 2015 by the president to lead the FMCSA. At the time of his nomination he had been acting administrator and previously had served as the agency’s chief counsel.

Darling joined FMCSA from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the public transit agency serving the greater Boston area, where he served as the deputy chief of staff and assistant general counsel. He also served previously as the authority’s environmental and land use counsel as well as its privacy administrator.

Darling’s nomination now goes to the full Senate for a vote. The date for the Senate vote has not yet been set. If approved he will be officially sworn in as administrator of FMCSA.

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