Victoria B. Wassmer was selected by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to serve as the Acting Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration in July 2016. In this role, she is responsible for helping to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the largest aerospace system in the world â with over 50,000 operations daily â as well as regulating the safety of equipment and operators of the U.S. aviation industry. Wassmer also serves as the Acting Chief NextGen Officer and is responsible for the development and implementation of FAA's NextGen modernization of the air traffic control system.
Previous to this position, Wassmer served as the FAA's Assistant Administrator for Finance and Management with oversight of the agency's $16.9 billion budget and more than 3,000 employees. Wassmer managed the FAA's financial management, regional and Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center operations, information technology, contracting and acquisition offices.
In 2012, she spearheaded the agency's move toward "Shared Services," a revolutionary approach to reducing bureaucracy while improving service to the flying public. The shared services effort eliminated duplicate staffs and reduced the agency's administrative overhead expenses. Wassmer also instituted an effort by the agency to reduce and eliminate information technology costs, including the move to state-of-the-art cloud computing for the administrative systems used by 60,000 FAA employees and contractors.
Previously, Wassmer was Vice President of Administration and Finance at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a federal agency that works with developing countries to reduce poverty through economic growth. At the Millennium Challenge, she oversaw finance, human resources, information technology, logistics, acquisition, grant management, overseas administration and security.
Before joining the Millennium Challenge, Wassmer served in several senior positions at the FAA from 2004-2010. She was Deputy Assistant Administrator and Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Director of the Office of Budget and manager of Performance and Cost Analysis.
In the years prior to her work at the FAA, Wassmer was a Senior Associate with the Carmen Group and also worked in the Office of Capital Programs & Oversight for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Her work there included creating legislative proposals for innovative financing solutions for the Surface Transportation Act reauthorization, capital project management, as well as program prioritization.
From 1996-2002, Wassmer was a policy analyst with the Office of Management and Budget. At OMB, she also served as Special Assistant in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and was a 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. She resides in the District of Columbia.