WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate has confirmed Steven Cliff, formerly deputy executive officer at the California Air Resources Board (CARB), as administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the agency that sets vehicle safety standards, identifies safety defects and oversees recalls.
Cliff becomes the agency's first Senate-confirmed administrator since 2017, when Mark Rosekind resigned when the Trump administration took over. He has been the agency's deputy administrator since early 2021 when President Biden nominated him for the position.
The Senate confirmed Cliff by consent without objections or a formal roll call vote. He brings extensive scientific and regulatory background to his leadership role at NHTSA, the agency states in his online biography.
As the deputy executive officer at CARB, Cliff had oversight of regulations for passenger vehicle emissions, medium- and heavy-duty engine emissions, implementation of vehicle and engine emissions and on-board diagnostics certification, transportation land-use planning and analysis, and incentive and investment programs for reducing emissions.