Anti-Monopoly Reformer Joins Department of Transportation

Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has faced criticism for a series of recent breakdowns in the nation’s air travel system, from the flurry of cancellations at Southwest Airlines over the Christmas holiday due to a meltdown of its scheduling system, which stranded over a million passengers, to an unusual full ground stop last week after a computer failure in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system. But some high-profile help for the department is on the way, which could signal a potential change of direction at a historically captured agency. Jen Howard, the former chief of staff to Lina Khan at the Federal Trade Commission, has been hired at the Department of Transportation as the agency’s top official for competition policy, the Prospect has learned.” (01/18/23)