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Perspectives from FMCSA Deputy Administrator Cathy Gautreaux

Safety in trucking is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's primary mission. Hear FMCSA's Deputy Administrator Cathy Gautreaux discuss that safety mission, review how that mission is carried out, and highlight some of the FMCSA's top priories remaining in 2018 and coming up in 2019.

Cathy Gautreaux

Cathy Gautreaux is the agency’s second-ranking official and is responsible for overseeing FMCSA’s day-to-day operational programs and activities, which are performed by more than 1,100 employees located in its Washington, D.C., Headquarters, four regional Service Centers, 52 Divisional Offices and 31 Field Units.

Prior to being asked by President Trump and by Secretary Chao in November 2017 to join FMCSA in an executive leadership role, Gautreaux had a long and distinguished career working in law enforcement, regional and national commercial trucking and in transportation safety. As Deputy Administrator, she believes that compliance is first and foremost, and she wants to help motor carriers run safe and successful truck and bus operations. She brings a State’s perspective to FMCSA. A graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in criminal justice, Gautreaux initially began her career working as a detective in the Ascension Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff’s Office for four years. She later joined the Louisiana Motor Transport Association serving as its Executive Director for more than three decades. Gautreaux is a past National Chairman of the Trucking Associations Executive Council.

During her career, Gautreaux has been selected to serve on numerous prestigious national and regional boards, commissions and task forces addressing the full spectrum of intermodal transportation issues, including: homeland security, emergency disaster relief, incident management, commercial vehicle safety technologies, alternative fuels, oversized/overweight vehicles, commercial driver’s licenses, railroad grade crossings, work zone safety, distracted driving and other topics.

Whether it is the movement of freight or the transportation of passengers, Gautreaux's experience has taught her that, at their core, these industries are ultimately about the people: the drivers, the small business owners, and the motoring public. With a thorough comprehension of FMCSA’s unique responsibilities, she is committed to keeping our nation’s transportation-dependent economy vibrant and strong while ensuring that our highways and roads remain the safest anywhere in the world.