Senate confirms Darling nomination to head FMCSA

By Land Line staff | 7/15/2016

T.F. “Scott” Darling has been the top official at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration since the departure of Anne Ferro nearly two years ago, but he had not held the title of administrator until now. Senate confirmation of President Obama’s nomination of Darling to head the agency made the position official.

The Senate confirmed Darling as administrator late Thursday, July 14, on a voice vote. His nomination had been pending since Aug. 5, 2015.

Before taking the post of acting administrator following Ferro’s departure, Darling served as the agency’s chief counsel – a post he was appointed to in 2012.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association finds the nomination confirmation a longtime coming.

“The agency has been without a formal administrator for a considerable amount of time,” said OOIDA President Jim Johnston. “Scott Darling appears to have done a good job in the interim, and it was essential that the Senate finally confirm leadership for the agency.

“We have found Administrator Darling open to discussing driver issues,” Johnston said. “He has met with the OOIDA Board of Directors and accepted our invitation for a two-day ride-along, giving him some firsthand perspective into what drivers face daily. We hope he continues to embrace that sort of outreach, and future agency action reflects a deeper understanding.”

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