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Keith Washington

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration

Keith Washington serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation. In this role, he provides leadership and oversight in the areas of human resources, security, acquisitions and grants, transportation and facilities, and space management. Prior to this role, he was the Director in the Departmental Office of Human Resource Management. In this key role, he was responsible for leading and evaluating Departmental human resource management policies for a large Cabinet level agency in the following areas: recruitment and staffing, position classification, pay, labor and employee relations, learning and development, workforce planning, executive resources, work and family life, employee benefits, automation, performance management, and accountability.

Keith previously served as the Interim Associate Administrator for Administration, Maritime Administration (MARAD). In this role, he was MARAD’s principal administrative and management official and led the following areas: acquisition, human resources, information technology, facilities, and administrative services. He also provided oversight of the mission-support functions for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, one of five United States service academies.

Mr. Washington has held other key positions at the U.S. Department of Transportation including the Acting Assistant Secretary for Administration, the Deputy Director, Departmental Office of Human Resource Management, the Associate Director for Human Resources Policy and Oversight as well as the Manager, Air Traffic Executive Staff at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Presidential Rank Award and the Secretary’s Award for Meritorious Achievement for his distinguished leadership in supporting the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Keith’s hobbies include travel and he has visited all seven continents. He is a native Washingtonian and DC public school graduate. He successfully completed the Key Executive Program at the American University. He has a Master’s of Public Administration from the American University and a B.A. in Political Science (cum laude) from American University.  Additionally, he successfully completed Georgetown University’s Executive Coaching Program.

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