Two Potential Deputy Secretaries Bowing Out
By Al Kamen
As President Obama was at the Transportation Department this morning touting his $28 billion highway program and the jobs it will create, the administration's top choice to be deputy secretary of the agency, former Federal Aviation Administration chief Jane Garvey, was preparing to decline to take the job.
Garvey, 65, had always been seen as a somewhat less than enthusiastic candidate for the position. She had spent much of her life in state and federal service, leaving the FAA for the private sector. Garvey, former deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and director of Boston's Logan International Airport, now works at JP Morgan Public Finance, where, as head of its transportation infrastructure investment practice, she works with cities and towns trying to structure financing for public projects. She also became a director on some boards.
Sources said Garvey had concluded recently that her family financial situation would be too adversely affect by a return to government. The move apparently would leave the administration with no on tap to replace her, one source said.
Additionally, Susan F. Tierney, who had been the leading candidate to be deputy secretary of energy, has also dropped from contention. Tierney had served on the Obama transition as team leader for the energy department and was a former Massachusetts public utility commissioner.
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March 3, 2009; 12:31 PM ET
Categories: Cabinet , Cast of Characters , In the Loop
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