Wednesday, July 26, 2017

USDOT appoints Horner, McMillin to WMATA Board

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David Horner (l), and Steve McMillin. David Horner (l), and Steve McMillin.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao appointed David Horner and Steve McMillin to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) board of directors.

Chosen for their "extensive backgrounds in U.S. transportation infrastructure, innovative financing, and federal regulatory policy," Secretary Chao said that the two men will "help improve the performance and reliability of this vital transit system in the nation's capital."

Horner is a partner at Hunton & Williams law firm in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on public-private partnerships and the development of transportation infrastructure in the United States. His transportation experience includes serving as the U.S. Department of Transportation deputy assistant secretary for Transportation Policy and chief counsel at the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) from 2005 to 2009. He is also recognized for his experience in federal transportation law and has acted as counsel on multiple landmark public-private partnership projects, including the development of the FTA's Public-Private Partnership Pilot Program.

McMillin is a partner at U.S. Policy Metrics in Washington, D.C. and brings more than 20 years of policy experience, including serving as the deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 2006 to 2009. In that role, he was responsible for leading the development and execution of the federal government budget. McMillin also served as the deputy assistant to the President, and as OMB's associate director for General Government Programs, responsible for budget and management oversight of six Cabinet-level agencies.

Leaving the Board as Federal representatives are Carol Carmody, former vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and David Strickland, former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The WMATA Board of Directors is composed of eight voting and eight alternate directors. Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and the federal government appoint two voting and two alternate directors each.

Maryland Democrats in June proposed a restructuring of the authority that would also include dedicated funding for the transit operator.



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