U.S. rail official steps down after questions raised over outside work

From Reuters - February 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Trump administration rail safety official resigned on Saturday after questions were raised about whether he was conducting outside work after taking the post, the U.S. Transportation Department said.

The department said in a statement Saturday that Heath Hall, who had served as the U.S. Federal Railroad Administrations (FRA) acting administrator until last month, had resigned effective immediately.

The department added it was unaware of the information that is being reported regarding outside work Heath Hall took on during his time at FRA, but those allegations, if true, are troubling.

Politico reported Saturday it had raised questions about whether Hall was simultaneously working as a public relations consultant for a Mississippi sheriffs department.

Hall, who started work in June as deputy FRA administrator and served as acting administrator for more than six months, took a leave of absence last month for family reasons.

In January, FRA chief counsel Juan Reyes was named acting deputy administrator and has been running the agency on a day-to-day basis.

According to Halls financial disclosure report reviewed by Reuters, Hall agreed his individually owned consulting business...will remain dormant during federal service. Politico quoted a former FRA official who said that Hall was continuing to receive calls about the sheriffs department while at the federal agency.


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