October 10, 2017: Howard R. Elliott was confirmed as the Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, October 5, 2017. Elliott, of Indiana, has worked in the freight rail industry for forty years. He has worked for the last ten years at the group vice president for public safety, health, environment and security for CSX Transportation in Jacksonville, Florida. Elliott is currently a member of the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean’s Advisory Committee. Elliott graduated from Columbia Southern University and Indiana University.