Joel Szabat

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Joel Szabat is an American military officer and government official who currently serves as the Acting Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy in the United States Department of Transportation. In August 2018, Szabat was nominated by President Donald Trump to become Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Aviation and International Affairs. He was confirmed by the United States Senate in a unanimous voice vote on January 2, 2019. Szabat became Acting Under Secretary in June, 2019. The Under Secretary is the third-highest position in the Department of Transportation, after the Secretary and Deputy Secretary. Szabat first joined the Department of Transportation in 2002. He served in several positions, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, and Executive Director of the United States Maritime Administration. In 2009, Szabat was the department’s designated federal official for overseeing $48 billion of transportation infrastructure investments from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that led to the construction of 15,000 transportation infrastructure projects. In 2005, Szabat was assigned to the Embassy of the United States, Baghdad as the Transportation Counselor to the List of ambassadors of the United States to Iraq; he also led U.S. government efforts to rebuild airports, ports and railroads in Iraq. In 2006-2007 Szabat was the Chief of Staff to Administrator Steve Preston of the Small Business Administration, before returning to the Department of Transportation. Prior to first joining the Department of Transportation, Szabat worked as a Principal Consultant for transportation in the California State Assembly, as a management adviser in the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and for a private sector management consultancy. He was a cavalry officer in the U.S. Army, commanding soldiers patrolling the East-West German border during the Cold War. Szabat and his wife, ANNOUNCING: Chiling Tong Joins as Newest Member of Committee of 100 | Committee 100, founded the International Leadership FoundationHome, a non-profit corporation that promotes the civic awareness, involvement and effectiveness of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
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