White House Names New Acting FAA Administrator

 - January 8, 2009, 11:39 AM

Current acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell announced on Tuesday that Lynne Osmus will become acting FAA Administrator when he departs the agency on Friday next week. The announcement came one day after Osmus was named acting Deputy Administrator by the outgoing Bush Administration. She is currently the FAA Assistant Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials, a position she has held since July 2003. In that post she is responsible for the internal security programs of the FAA. Osmus has also served as FAA transition executive for the Obama transition team, and from 1995 to 1998 she was chief of staff to FAA Administrators David Hinson and Jane Garvey. Sturgell was named acting FAA Administrator in September 2007 after serving as former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey’s deputy since 2003. Although Sturgell received a Senate confirmation hearing last February to become FAA boss for a full five-year term, his bid was stalled when New Jersey’s two senators blocked it.