Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) administrator Joseph Clapp will retire at the end of the year, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced today.

Since his appointment to head FMCSA, Clapp has focused on meeting transportation safety requirements for implementing the truck and bus provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Under Clapp's leadership in preparing for the border opening, FMCSA met or exceeded 22 different safety requirements set out in the Fiscal Year 2002 Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. These requirements included hiring, training and placing 274 safety personnel along the border, establishing new inspection facilities, and creating a strict safety regimen.

"I truly appreciate the service Joe has so generously given the country," Mineta said. "While we will miss his counsel, I know he is looking forward to resuming the retirement he was enjoying before his call to service."

Clapp retired as chairman of Roadway Services Inc. in 1995.

Annette Sandberg has been appointed deputy administrator of the agency, effective immediately. She has been deputy administrator of DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) since February.

"Annette Sandberg brings vast experience and savvy to a job that will continue to be challenging," Secretary Mineta said. "The leadership she demonstrated in NHTSA helped improve highway safety in this country and now we are asking her to help reduce truck-related fatalities."

Sandberg was the chief of the Washington State Patrol for six years and is a nationally recognized expert on law enforcement and traffic safety. She spent more than 17 years in law enforcement, supervisory and administrative posts, some of which included responsibility for motor carrier safety, while with the Washington State Patrol.