- Briefing Room
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
In April 2008, Jeff Paniati became Executive Director of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). In this capacity he assists the Administrator in establishing policies, programs, and priorities for the $40 billion annual Federal-aid highway program. As FHWA’s chief operating officer he oversees a workforce of approximately 2,900 transportation professionals and an annual operating budget of $400 million.
In 2009, Mr. Paniati served as the Acting Deputy Administrator and led the initial implementation of the $27.5 billion highway investment under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This investment supported more than 12,000 projects, improving thousands of miles of roadways and bridges nationwide.
Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Mr. Paniati served as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Associate Administrator for Operations providing national leadership in system management and operations, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) deployment, and freight management.
For more than 6 years, Mr. Paniati led the ITS Program across the U.S. Department of Transportation and managed the day-to-day operations of the ITS Joint Program Office (JPO). Previously, Mr. Paniati served as Deputy Director of the ITS JPO for 3 years.
Earlier in his career Mr. Paniati held various positions in the Office of Research and Development, including Chief, Safety Design Division. In this capacity he led the Agency's efforts to develop new technologies, procedures, and methods to advance the state-of-art in highway safety.
Mr. Paniati has been very active in both the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He has served as Chair of the TRB Committee on Safety Data, Analysis and Evaluation and as Chair of the ITE Traffic Engineering Council. He is a past president of the Washington, D.C. Section of ITE.
Mr. Paniati has received numerous performance and honor awards. He is a recipient of the Secretary's gold medal and the Secretary's Award for Meritorious Achievement. In 2010 he was recognized with the prestigious Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive for exceptional long-term accomplishments and commitment to excellence in public service. In 2011 he was inducted into the University of Connecticut Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Hall of Fame.
Mr. Paniati has 30 years of experience with FHWA. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a registered professional engineer. He is married to Kim Paniati, and has two children, Chris and Lauren.