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Vinn White Announced as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Vinn White as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As Deputy Administrator, Mr. White will also serve as the agency’s Acting Administrator.

A member of the Biden-Harris Administration since 2021, White also currently serves as the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Acting Chief Artificial Intelligence (AI) Officer, where he oversees implementation of White House Executive Order 14110 to advance and govern the development and use of AI in accordance with the Administration’s guiding principles and priorities. 

“It is an honor to take on this role, and I thank Secretary Buttigieg for his trust and confidence in my ability to lead the important work of FMCSA,” said White. “Our agency is focused on enhancing safety for all roadway users, and I am committed to working with safety partners across the commercial motor vehicle industry to get this work done.”

Prior to joining FMCSA, White was responsible for coordinating USDOT initiatives on emerging transportation technologies, including coordinating cross-departmental policies related to automated driving systems, drone and advanced air mobility systems, surface vehicle-to-everything connectivity, 5G integration with the nation’s critical aviation infrastructure and other sector-facing, innovation-related policy areas. During this time, he led development of the Department’s Innovation Principles and helped launch the Transforming Transportation Advisory Committee. 

White’s appointment in 2021 marked a return to the USDOT after previously serving as Acting Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Policy and Deputy Assistant Secretary in 2016, where he was the chief architect for USDOT’s 30-Year Transportation plan, Beyond Traffic. 

White’s experience and knowledge in transportation is vast, spanning more than 15 years, including his tenure as a senior advisor to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. During that time, White worked on transportation and mobility policy and engaged closely with the NJ Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Commission, NJ TRANSIT, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to inform state strategies and approaches. 

White earned both his Master of Arts, Justice, Law and Society and his Bachelor of Science, Law and Society from American University. He also proudly attended the County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey, where he earned his associate degree in criminal justice.


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) primary mission is to prevent crashes, fatalities, and injuries involving large trucks and buses. FMCSA develops safety and regulatory standards for commercial driver’s licenses; analyzes data and sponsors research; and conducts enforcement and education. FMCSA partners with nonprofit organizations, local and State governments, and other stakeholders to support innovative commercial driver training, safety inspections, and enhanced compliance and enforcement initiatives. In addition, FMCSA provides education on household goods consumer protection and conducts enforcement to protect consumers.