Sunday, May 12, 2013

House freight panel to host roundtable with DOT, Army Corps of Engineers

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
Deputy Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari Deputy Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari
The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, chaired by Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.), will hold a roundtable meeting on May 15 to examine what efforts the Department of Transportation and the Army Corps of Engineers have made to coordinate freight transportation policy, and what challenges exist for greater coordination among federal departments and agencies.

The roundtable policy discussion on “Coordinating Federal Efforts to Improve Freight Transportation” is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15th in room 2253, Rayburn House Office Building. Deputy Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari (pictured, top) and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy (lower photo) will join members of the freight panel for the discussion.

DarcyT&I Committee rules allow the Chairman (Bill Shuster, R-Pa.) to designate special panels to inquire into any matter within the Committee’s jurisdiction. The Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, which held its first hearing on April 24, is tasked with making recommendations to the Committee for improving U.S. freight transportation, which may then be considered for future legislation.