One of our favorite news-spies
dropped us a copy of an internal memo issued by FAA Administrator
Marion Blakey, announcing the appointment of a new Chief of Staff
for the FAA, included below.
Blakey Memo Announcing O'Malley Appointment
It is with great pleasure that I welcome Michael O'Malley, who
is replacing David Mandell as the FAA's new Chief of Staff.
Mike comes to us from the Office of the Secretary of
Transportation, where he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for
Policy. There, he coordinated security policy issues for every
facet of our nation's transportation network. He was also
instrumental in the development of a National Strategy for
Transportation Security, a first-of-its-kind blueprint for
protecting America's critical transportation assets.
Internationally, he was responsible for laying the groundwork for
many of our successful Open Skies accords with other nations.
Prior to that position, Mike served for nearly three years as
Counselor to the Under Secretary for Policy, where he played an
integral role in finding answers to our most pressing
Before coming to the Department of Transportation, he was a
government relations advisor at the legal firm of Shaw Pittman LLP,
where he worked from April 2000 to August 2002. He provided
strategic advice to clients on a range of policy areas, including
international trade, agriculture, and transportation.
From January 1999 to March 2000, Mike was a senior associate at the
International Trade Services Corporation in Washington, D.C.,
providing consulting services to U.S.-based multinationals and
Prior to that, he was a Washington-based legislative assistant to
the Governor of Illinois from April 1998 through January 1999. He
acted as the state's federal liaison for transportation, science
& technology, and defense issues.
He spent a year overseas in the mid-1990s as a graduate resident at
the London-based Institute for Study Abroad at Butler
Mike holds a master's degree in European studies from the London
School of Economics and bachelor?s degree in finance from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
We're fortunate to have someone of Mike O'Malley's talents on board
to help us lead the way.
As we say hello to our new chief of staff, we are saddened to say
goodbye to David Mandell, who has decided to join his close friends
in a private business venture unrelated to transportation. As many
of you know, David was at the heart of many of our new programs and
activities, whether it was developing and institutionalizing the
agency's Flight Plan, instigating and developing a new internal
communications program, or pushing for further workforce
development. David is a smart strategist, excellent manager, and a
good colleague to many here. We wish him well in his new endeavor
and thank him for his service to the FAA.