Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reportedly withdrawn his name from consideration for the top job.
According to multiple reports, former Delta Air Lines executive Steve Dickson has pulled his name from consideration as the FAA Administrator. Dickson was nominated by Biden in January and had been awaiting confirmation by the Senate.
The news comes as a surprise, as his confirmation hearing had been scheduled for April 14. A spokesperson for the White House declined to comment on the reports.
It is unclear why Dickson withdrew his name from consideration. If the reports are true, it would be the first major nomination withdraw since Biden took office in January.
Dickson had previously served as the senior vice president of flight operations for Delta Air Lines for three years. Before that, he had also held various executive positions at United Airlines and American Airlines.
If confirmed, Dickson would have been the first FAA Administrator to come from the airline industry since the agency was founded in 1958.
Biden has yet to nominate a replacement for Dickson, but the White House is reportedly already looking for potential candidates. The FAA has been without a permanent leader since the Trump administration's pick, Stephen Dickson, left in January.
The FAA is responsible for ensuring the safety of airline travel and is a critical part of the nation's aviation system. Its oversight is especially important in the wake of the Boeing 737 Max crisis, which killed 346 people around the world.
The withdrawal of Steve Dickson as Biden's pick to head the FAA has reportedly come as a surprise, leaving the agency without a permanent leader. It is unclear why Dickson withdrew his name from consideration, but the White House is already searching for potential replacements. The FAA is a critical part of the nation's aviation system and its oversight is especially important in the wake of the Boeing 737 Max crisis.