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DOT Deputy Secretary Porcari to leave end of December

John Porcari has been second in command at the Department of Transportation since June 2009.

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WASHINGTON — John Porcari, deputy secretary at the Transportation Department, said he will leave the position at the end of December.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx quickly appointed Victor Mendez, currently administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, as acting deputy secretary effective Jan. 1.

Porcari, 54, has been second in command at DOT, responsible for running the day-to-day operations, since June 2009, focusing on the role transportation could play in economic development and future growth.

 “It has been one of the great honors of my life to serve by your side on behalf of the American people,” Porcari wrote in a letter to DOT employees in which he called the announcement of his departure as a “bittersweet moment.”

Foxx praised Porcari’s work.

“John has played a lead role in nearly all of our accomplishments, but two in particular deserve special mention,” Foxx wrote. “In an effort to ensure that good transportation projects were started sooner — and their benefits enjoyed faster — John led a Department-wide effort to streamline our approval processes and cut Government red tape. At the same time, he increased enforcement of our Buy America program, helping to ensure that our country’s transportation projects are built by American workers using American materials. Through these programs and so many others, John is leaving the Department and the Nation’s transportation system stronger than when he started.”

Porcari twice served as Maryland’s transportation secretary. His first go-round was under Gov. Parris N. Glendening. He returned to the job in January 2007 under Gov. Martin O’Malley.

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