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Biden Needs a New Traffic Safety Chief With Road Deaths at 20-Year High

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had a Senate-confirmed leader for just over three months after five years without one.

Steven Cliff testifying during a Senate confirmation hearing in December. 

Steven Cliff testifying during a Senate confirmation hearing in December. 

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The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is operating without a Senate-confirmed leader again, leaving a void atop the agency tasked with preventing road injuries and deaths even as the number of fatalities moves sharply in the wrong direction.