Who’s in Charge at U.S. Dept of Transportation

Ever since U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was slapped down by White House press secretary Robert Gibbs after suggesting we discuss a distance-based fee to fund infrastructure, many have questioned how much leadership can actually eminate from the department.

Now, Micheal Ennis, the transportation policy analyst at the Washington Policy Center in Seattle, has an interesting blog post on this leadership issue (or the lack there of). Let’s just say that the U.S. DOT is apparently very careful they don’t step on any toes, particularly those that work in the White House. Michael’s chain of communications with the DOT press office is quite interesting!

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.