Bush to nominate STB commissioners
The White House said last week that President Bush intends to nominate William Buttrey and Francis Mulvey to fill vacancies on the three-member Surface Transportation Board.
Chairman Roger Nober has been running the agency, which regulates railroad competition, by himself since Commissioner Linda Morgan resigned last May. Nober has been reluctant to make any significant rulings without a minimum quorum, even though he is technically permitted to do so by statute.
Buttrey is an independent consultant in Memphis. He previously worked as a lobbyist at FedEx Corp. Earlier in his career, he served as counsel for the U.S. Senate Aviation Subcommittee. He is to serve the remainder of a five-year term that expires at the end of 2007.
Mulvey will be nominated for a full five-year term through 2008. He is Democratic Staff Director for the House Transportation and Infrastructure railroad subcommittee. He previously served as deputy assistant inspector general for Rail, Transit and Special Programs for the Department of Transportation.
Both nominations are subject to Senate confirmation.