Victoria Wassmer is the FAA's Acting Deputy Administrator. She is responsible for helping to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the world's largest and most complex aerospace system. As Chief NextGen Officer, she is also leading the FAA's transformation and modernization of the nation's air traffic control system from a radar-based system with radio communication to a satellite-based system that leverages new technologies to shorten routes, reduce fuel consumption and traffic delays, increase capacity, and improve safety.
Wassmer has more than 20 years of experience in establishing and leading high-profile organizations and programs in both public and private industry. Most recently, she served as the FAA's Assistant Administrator for Finance and Management where she directed the agency's $16.3 billion budget and a Finance and Management workforce of 3,500 employees. She was in charge of financial management, information technology, acquisitions & business services, regional offices and Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center operations. In late 2011, under her leadership, the agency consolidated its corporate support functions under a forward-thinking, shared services operating model. This shared services model reduced bureaucracy, cut the agency's administrative overhead expenses, eliminated redundancies, and improved service to the flying public. Wassmer also instituted an agency-wide initiative to reduce and eliminate information technology costs, including the move to state-of-the-art cloud computing for the administrativesystems used by 60,000 FAA employees and contractors.
Previously, Wassmer served as Vice President of Administration and Finance at the Millennium Challenge Corporation from 2010-2011, a federal agency that works with developing countries to reduce poverty through economic growth. She was responsible for overseeing the Corporation's finance, human resources, information technology, logistics, acquisition, grant management, overseas administration and security operations.
From 2004-2010, Wassmer held several senior positions within the FAA, including Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Chief Financial Officer; Deputy Director of the Office of Budget; and Manager of Performance and Cost Analysis. Prior to that, she was a Senior Associate with the Carmen Group and worked in the Office of Capital Programs & Oversight for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. From 1996-2002, Wassmer was a Policy Analyst at the Office of Management and Budget. At OMB, she also served as a Special Assistant in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs; and Program Examiner. In 1994, Wassmer worked in South Africa as a Research Assistant at the Development Bank of Southern Africa.
She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University and Bachelors in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College.