FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen to Step Down, Replacement Named

Washington D.C. – The Acting Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is stepping down at the end of this month.

Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has confirmed with multiple sources and is the first to report Jim Mullen will be leaving his post on August 28, 2020.




 

“At the end of the month, Jim Mullen will be leaving the Department,” a United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) spokesperson told TNN on Friday. “We greatly appreciate Jim’s service and the work he has done for our country.”

Mullen first joined the FMCSA as Chief Counsel in June 2018.

It was a position he held until October 2019 when former Administrator Ray Martinez abruptly stepped down.

Before joining the FMCSA, Mullen served for more than a decade as the executive vice president and general counsel for Werner Enterprises.




 

After leaving Werner in December 2016, he then launched his own consulting firm before eventually joining the Agency.

Under Mullen’s leadership, the Agency was able to bring the long-awaited final hours of service (HOS) rule across the finish line.

The new rule is set to take effect September 29, 2020.

The Acting Administrator was also faced with the unforeseen and enormous challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mullen led the Agency to issue its historic 50-state HOS exemption for motor carriers directly engaged in relief efforts.

The Agency also issued a series of waivers on issues such as commercial drivers license (CDL) training, third-party CDL testing, pre-employment drug screenings, and driver medical certifications.

Under Mullen’s guidance the FMCSA also launched its Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse in January 2020.




 

Near the end of his tenure the Agency was hit with a barrage of criticism over its handling of alleged freight broker abuses, and specifically, violations of 49 CFR 371.3 which requires brokers to keep records of each transaction and provide those records, upon request, to each party of the transaction including the motor carrier.

Most recently, the Agency has had to grapple with widespread social unrest manifested in protests staged on interstates, rioting, and rising violence against truckers.

As TNN first reported, the FMCSA considered further unprecedented regulatory relief to help truckers navigate the new realities.

However, the Agency ultimately chose a different course of action by allowing drivers who encounter highway protests and threats of violence to use the “emergency conditions exception” in the HOS regulations.

 

This action, or inaction, was also strongly criticized by thousands of drivers who shared feedback on TNN’s social media pages and members only section.


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Replacement Named

The USDOT spokesperson also indicated Mullen’s successor has been named.

“Wiley Deck, currently a Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary and former FMCSA Director of Government Affairs, will assume the role of Deputy Administrator of FMCSA,” the spokesperson said.

Deck began his Federal career in 1994, serving on the staff of Congressman John L. Mica (FL).

Throughout more than 23 years of service to Rep. Mica, Wiley held a series of positions.




 

Prior to joining the FMCSA, Wiley also served as the Director of Oversight and Investigations for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

This is a breaking story and TransportationNation.com will continue to follow the latest developments.

 


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Comment (5)

  1. Need to offer the job to someone the wants it for a good while. This flipping hunchos is a little crazy, this time a couple of months (couldn’t handle it), Martinez started out like he cared, then petered out 13mos later.

    Next up, Wiley Deck! Let’s hope we have some longevity out of this appointment.

  2. Well …. Now I think I understand why the industry is still a mess as a whole, HOS are still counterproductive and overbearing.
    Werner and the rest of the “Mega Carriers” are responsible for the fiasco that the industry has become, their deep pockets have financed the payoffs that bought the ELD’s and restrictions we’ve had crammed down our throats, under the guise of “Highway Safety” when in reality, it has been nothing more than a plan to eliminate the independent operation/Small Carriers that they were having trouble competing with because they voluntarily instituted ELD’S years ago.
    If they were truly interested in Highway Safety, they would be PROPERLY TRAINING the “Drivers” they continually excrete onto the Nations Highways from their “Puppymill” Driving Schools!
    FMCSA is wondering around bumping into things claiming to fix the rules, while good, experienced drivers are leaving the industry because they are sick and tired of the harassment, regulations, taxes and inadequate pay! We’re constantly forced to pay more to operate/work in the industry, while the powers that be, continually ignore the fact that the “Rates” Do Not and Have Not, support the “Cost of Operation”
    These mega Carriers are lining their pockets off the blood sweat and tears of the “Drivers” they USE! Which amounts to nothing more than legal industrial SLAVERY! SANCTIONED by the FMCSA, U.S.DOT, NHTSB and the State and Federal governments as a whole!

  3. Reason being positive tests is because stays in system for 30 days when high last a short time. New test need to be brought to light to test if DRIVERS our driving high. Stop persecuting all drivers that test positive as if they drive while being high.Positive drug test concerning cannabis should state & show how long it had been that the individual last smoked are used CBD oils. Stop treating drivers like we are irresponsible in our private lives.What people do in there off duty time is there God given right. No one should be able to drive while high on controlled substances are under the influence of alchohol. Garret A. Sudbring

  4. Its just to bad that somebody that has a trucking back group that was a truck driver or is a driver like an owner operator or one that has a small trucking business get the position instead of a politician. To me that would make better sense and maybe help us drivers out. Just my opinion.

  5. Wake up folks!! NONE of the agencies that oversee the Trucking industry, give a FLYING F___ about Drivers, we are nothing more than numbers that generate REVENUE!
    Is anything keeping score on how many mom n pop/owner op./small companies have gone under, since they’ve instituted ELD’S? This nothing more than another MONEY GRAB from the people that can afford it the least, they’ve got their knees on our necks, holding us down, controlling not only our work lives, but also our private lives! The Trucking industry has become the most OVER REGULATED, DEREGULATED INDUSTRY, in the country!

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