FRA names Hall deputy administrator

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WASHINGTON — Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has named Heath Hall, 47, to be deputy administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.

Hall is public relations and marketing professional. He was president of Strategic Marketing Group in Ridgeland, Miss. That “specializes in general and crisis public relations, media maximization, government affairs, fundraising, and political campaigns” according to the biography provided by FRA public affairs officials.

Hall also held positions in public relations, marketing, and fundraising for the Mississippi Technology Alliance, Mississippi Economic Council, and state's chamber of commerce.

Hall was a public relations intern with the FRA, and later with the DOT deputy secretary. He was also an intern with the White House Office of Political Affairs during the George H. W. Bush Administration. He was later staff assistant at the Peace Corps. He graduated from American University in Washington with a bachelor's degree in political science.

According to Railway Age, Chao knew Hall from her tenure as DOT deputy secretary and Peace Corps director in 1991. As the No. 2 executive at FRA, Hall does not need Senate confirmation to assume his post.

In his new position, he will be responsible for managing the agency’s $1.8-billion budget, more than 900 employees, and overseeing operations at eight regional offices.

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