Posts Tagged ‘Ann Begeman’

Oberman Named STB Chair

January 23, 2021

Martin Oberman has been designated by President Joseph Biden to serve as chairman of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.

Under federal law, the STB chairman is to be a member of the political party holding the White House.

Oberman, a Chicago attorney, joined the STB as a Democratic member on Jan. 22, 2019, and has served as vice chair since Jan. 6, 2020. His term will expire on Jan. 31, 2023.

Oberman has served as a Chicago alderman, a member of the board of commuter railroad Metra, and as a member of the board of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

He will replace Ann Begeman, a Republican member whose term expired on Dec. 31, but who is eligible to remain on the Board in holdover status until the end of this year.

However, her position could be replaced at any time by the Biden administration.

Miller Doesn’t Want Another STB Term

March 6, 2019

Deb Miller has withdrawn her name from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.

Miller, a Democrat from Kansas, could have been appointed to a second term.

She was originally appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in April 2014 to fill a seat vacated by Frank Mulvey, also a Democrat.

That term ended Dec. 31, 2017, but under federal law Miller was allowed to continue for another year as a holdover appointee.

It is not clear who President Trump might nominate to fill the open Democratic seat on the STB.

Although the STB was authorized in 2015 to have five members that has yet to occur.

Two seats were vacant for three years until the Senate this past January confirmed the appointments of Patrick J. Fuchs, a Republican; and Martin J. Oberman, a Democrat.

Oberman was named to replace former STB Chairman Dan Elliott, a Democrat, who stepped down in late 2017.

The STB now has two Republicans, including Chairman Ann Begeman, who is serving a second term.

Two seats are vacant and by law the party controlling the White House may only have a majority on the boarding. The two vacant seats must be split between a Republican and a Democrat.

The Trump administration has nominated Republican Michelle A. Schultz to one of those seats, but her nomination is on hold pending the naming of another Democrat.

As chair of the STB, Begeman controls the agency’s docket and she has put on hold several rulemaking cases until the board has its full five members.

Some pending rules have been delayed for years.

STB Wants Info From NS About PSR Implementation

November 30, 2018

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has asked management of Norfolk Southern to brief it in weekly conference calls about the progress it is making toward implementing the precision scheduled railroading operating model.

The STB held similar conference calls with CSX management in 2017 when it encountered service problems after implementing PSR and has asked Union Pacific to provide information about its move toward PSR.

STB Chairman Ann Begeman said in a letter sent to NS that the board has “strong concern about the potential dislocation that can result when a railroad makes wholesale operating changes, particularly railroads that have been confronting prolonged service challenges.”

Begeman said the STB wants to see NS avoid the type of service problems that CSX had.

NS has said it plans to implement PSR principles gradually and work with its customers in the process in order to minimize the potential for disruption.
The PSR plan is not expected to be fully implemented until sometime in 2019.