5/13/13 11:31 AM EDT
The administrator of the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, David Matsuda, announced today that he is stepping down.
Matsuda, who had also served as Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s primary transportation counsel, has led MARAD for three years, working on issues like the cleanup of the California Suisun Bay fleet site and fixing ailing infrastructure at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
MARAD has authority over more than $1 billion in federal money to improve more than 100 small shipyards, upgrade 25 ports and build new U.S. vessels.
“Dave has been a valuable member of my team,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. “I’m particularly proud of his work to improve federal maritime education programs and revitalize the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, as well as to energize America’s ports and shipyards.”
— Adam Snider