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Michael P. Huerta

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
FAA Administrator

Michael P. Huerta is the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. He was sworn-in to office on January 7, 2013, for a five-year term.

Huerta is responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world. He oversees a $16.3 billion dollar budget and more than 47,000 employees. He has worked to redefine the FAA’s regulatory relationship with the aviation industry to achieve greater levels of safety through increased collaboration.

Since the beginning of Huerta's term, the FAA has completed key building blocks of its NextGen air traffic modernization, as well as the installation of a comprehensive network of ground-based radio stations that enable tracking aircraft using Global Positioning Satellites (GPS). Recently, Huerta and the FAA began the integration of small UAS into the nation’s airspace establishing a registration system as well as a framework of performance-based regulations that encourage safety without stifling innovation. Huerta also helped eliminate the decades-old rules that prevented the use of Portable Electronic Devices from gate to gate aboard all commercial flights.

Before joining the FAA, Huerta was a Managing Director of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. From 2002-2009, he also rose to the position of President of the Transportation Solutions Group at Affiliated Computer Services. Previously, he was commissioner of New York City's Department of Ports, International Trade and Commerce, served as the Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco and held senior positions in the U.S. Transportation Department in Washington, D.C.

Huerta holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California-Riverside and a master's in public affairs, with a concentration in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.