Obama rail chief gets Senate confirmation hearing

Obama rail chief gets Senate confirmation hearing

President Obama's choice to run the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will get a confirmation hearing in the Senate next week. 

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee announced on Friday it will hold a hearing on Sarah Feinberg, who has been leading the FRA since January, on Sept. 17. 

Feinberg, who is a former White House staffer and Facebook employee, has won plaudits for her leadership of the FRA during a tenure that included two high-profile Amtrak accidents in North Carolina and Philadelphia. 

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She took over the helm of the railroad administration after long-time chief Joseph Szabo resigned in 2014. Prior to assuming the role of FRA chief, Feinberg served as Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx's chief of staff.