Victor Mendez has served as the 20th United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation since July 30, 2014.As Deputy Secretary, Mendez is the Department of Transportation�s chief operating officer, responsible for day-to-day operations of the 10 modal administrations and the work of more than 55,000 USDOT employees nationwide and overseas.� Mendez is focused on ensuring the safety and efficiency of America�s transportation system, which plays a key role in economic development.Before becoming Deputy Secretary, Mendez was the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration since July 2009, where he oversaw the agency�s 2,900 employees in Washington and field offices across the country.� During his time at FHWA, he parlayed his lifelong interest in innovation and technology into launching the Every Day Counts initiative, which gives states a range of tools and technologies to streamline construction projects and make them more cost effective.Before joining DOT, Mendez served as Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation.� He has more than 20 years of State DOT experience.Mendez earned a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and later earned an MBA from Arizona State University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Arizona.
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