Up And Running at STB

Up And Running at STB

Copyright 2004, Traffic World, Inc.

Surface Transportation Board chairman Roger Nober no longer has only himself to congratulate or blame for decisions coming out of the STB. Doug Buttrey and Frank Mulvey were formally sworn in last week as STB commissioners.

The two were nominated by President Bush on Nov. 3, 2003, and confirmed by the Senate on May 21, 2004, ending Nober''s year-long run as sole STB board member. Political bickering on unrelated issues on Capitol Hill was blamed for the slow pace of the confirmation process.

Buttrey, a Republican from Tennessee, and Mulvey, a Democrat from Maryland, will serve out the remainder of five-year terms expiring December 31, 2008, and December 31, 2007, respectively. Mulvey will serve as the STB''s vice chairman.

Although Congress in 1996 ended much of the rail regulatory workload when it formed the STB from the remnants of the Interstate Commerce Commission, there''s no shortage of work. With a full complement of members, the STB is gearing up to revamp procedures for small shipper rate cases, looking at reconsideration petitions for several eastern coal rate cases, and examining next year''s budget projections. "There''s a lot to do, and we''re just getting started," Mulvey said.

Mulvey formerly served as the staff director for the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure''s Railroad Subcommittee. He also served as Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Rail, Transit, and Special Programs for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Prior to that, Mulvey was Assistant Director for the U. S. General Accounting Office. He taught at a number of universities, most recently at the University of Maryland''s R. H. Smith School of Business and Public Administration.

Most of Buttrey''s transportation career was with FedEx. He held a variety of corporate positions over 22 years, most recently that of Senior Government Affairs Representative. Earlier in his career, Buttrey served as Committee Counsel for the Senate''s Aviation Subcommittee. He began federal service as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the former U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board.