Acting NHTSA Chief Heidi King Confirms Departure from Safety Agency

Just days after reports that Heidi King, acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, would be leaving the job, she announced Monday she would be stepping down Aug. 31.

King was nominated for the top job at the federal safety agency by the Trump administration, but she was not confirmed. She’ll be replaced as deputy administrator – and acting administrator – by James Owens. He is the agency’s deputy general counsel.

A long-time government official, King was largely for responsible for implementing President Donald Trump’s plan to rollback federal fuel economy and efficiency rules from those established by his predecessor, President Barack Obama, in the final days of his administration.