Secretary LaHood sent the following email to DOT employees across the country, informing them of his plans:
"I have let President Obama know that I will not serve a second term as secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the department, and I am grateful to President Obama for giving me such an extraordinary opportunity. I plan to stay on until my successor is confirmed to ensure a smooth transition for the department and all the important work we still have to do."
LaHood listed among his achievements the Distracted Driving Initiative, reducing roadway fatalities to historic lows, and the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act to help build and repair their roads, bridges and transit systems.
In December, he noted, the DOT was recognized as the most improved agency in the entire federal government in the 2012 Best Places to Work rankings published by the Partnership of Public Service.
We spoke at length with Lane Kidd, managing director of the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (a.k.a. the Trucking Alliance) about which issues the carrier-driven and safety-focused lobbying group is most engaged with this year.