U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood plans to name Karen J. Hedlund as Deputy Administrator at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).  Hedlund moves to the Deputy Administrator position from her current role as Chief Counsel at FRA, replacing Karen Rae, who Gov. Cuomo recently appointed as New York State Deputy Transportation Secretary.  Before moving to FRA, Hedlund served as Federal Highway Administration Chief Counsel from June 2009-June 2010, where she helped implement the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including new investments in highway, intermodal and freight rail facilities.
Prior to joining DOT, Hedlund was a partner in the Washington, DC, office of Nossaman. She has 35 years of experience in transportation and is recognized nationally for her expertise in structuring public-private partnerships. All of us at Nossaman offer congratulations to our former partner on this new appointment.