THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES SUE BAILEY TO SERVE AS ADMINISTRATOR FOR NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
The President today announced his intent to nominate Sue Bailey to serve as Administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at the Department of Transportation.
Dr. Sue Bailey of Bethesda, Maryland, has been serving at the Department of Defense as Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) since 1998. Dr. Bailey is the first woman to lead the Military Health System, responsible for the health of 8.2 million military personnel and the $16 billion Defense Health Program. Since taking office, Dr. Bailey incorporated the President's Patient Bill of Rights into the practice of military medicine and has instituted the inclusion of continuity of care, preventative medicine and health protection in the U. S. Armed Forces. Dr. Bailey also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs from July 1994 to June 1995. Prior to that, she was Medical Director of Chevy Chase Associates, Inc. from 1988 to 1993, In-patient Program Director for the Washington Hospital Center from 1983 to 1985, and Vice President of Medlantic Healthcare Group from 1986 to 1988.
Dr. Bailey received her B.S. from University of Maryland and graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with her D.O. She completed an internship at the George Washington University Hospital and her residency at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. She has served in the U.S. Navy Reserves, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under the U.S. Department of Transportation, carries out safety programs under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 and the Highway Safety Act of 1966. The NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. This is accomplished by setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, and through grants to state and local governments to enable them to conduct effective local highway safety programs.