NHTSA Leadership

Associate Administrator, Rulemaking: Ryan Posten

Ryan Posten has served in the Department of Transportation (DOT) for more than 26 years in various escalating roles and responsibilities to advance safety in the United States. Since August 2014, Posten has served as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) associate administrator for Rulemaking. The office develops and promulgates Federal safety standards and regulations for motor vehicle safety, including crash protection, survivability, and avoidance. Posten serves as the principal advisor to the NHTSA Administrator on matters relating to the promulgation of rules, regulations, and policy in the setting of motor vehicle safety standards, fuel economy regulations for motor vehicles, anti-theft and consumer information rules and reports, and operation and development of NHTSA’s (5 Star Crash Rating) New Car Assessment Program.

From December 2011 to August 2014, Posten served as the deputy associate administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). From July 2010 to December 2011, he served as the senior director for PHMSA’s Office of Hazardous Materials Safety and as the assistant associate administrator from October 2009 to July 2010, each having similar responsibilities.

From October 2006 through July 2010, Posten served as the director of PHMSA’s Office of Hazardous Materials Enforcement, with executive responsibilities for all regional offices and the enforcement and field inspection and investigation activities. He served as chief of the Special Permits Program for Hazardous Materials Safety between 1998 and 2006. Prior to that, Posten served as a senior regulations specialist with the Office of Hazardous Materials Standards, and between 1991 and 1997, he was a HAZMAT investigator with the Special Investigations Division of PHMSA’s Office of Hazardous Materials Enforcement