• So, President George W. Bush won the election and will serve four more years in the White House. Cabinet changes are the subject of speculation, but Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta’s name has not surfaced as of press time. Troubled by back problems, Mineta may or may not stay on.
While Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta has promised that the government will not stand in the way of innovative aviation ideas, at a January meeting of the Washington Aero Club he warned that “we need to start thinking creatively about long-term options for financing infrastructure.” He did not specify what those options might be.
As anticipated, there have been numerous changes in the makeup of President Bush’s cabinet. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Tom Ridge turned in his resignation, effective February 1 or until the Senate names a successor. Ridge had the unenviable task of coordinating and integrating the activities of 22 government agencies with 180,000 employees into one department.
After becoming the longest-serving Transportation Secretary in the department’s history, Norman Mineta tendered his resignation to President Bush in June. The lone Democrat in the Cabinet, he said it was time to move on to other challenges and joined New York public relations firm Hill & Knowlton as vice chairman.
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey stonewalled the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) in new contract talks, declaring an impasse on April 5 and unilaterally imposing a new contract on June 5. The actions came after nine months of negotiations with the union that the agency claimed cost taxpayers $2.3 million.
DOT Secretary Norman Mineta on Friday announced he will resign July 7 after serving in the Bush Administration for more than five years, saying, “It is time for me to move on to other challenges.” As a member of Congress in 1994, Mineta was credited by NBAA for helping to ensure passage of the General Aviation Revitalization Act.
Following a review by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the Final Report of the Commission on the Future of the Aerospace Industry, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) said it agrees with the GAO that challenges remain in addressing the recommendations.
Former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta is the recipient of the 2006 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy.
Mary Peters, who was head of the Federal Highway Administration from 2001 to 2005, is President Bush’s nominee for the post of Secretary of Transportation. If confirmed by the Senate, she will replace Norman Mineta, who resigned in June.
With nearly 20,000 comments received on the proposal to make the Washington, D.C., air defense identification zone (ADIZ) permanent, the FAA will hold two public meetings this month to give pilots, airport managers and others a chance to present their views on the proposal.