Former FAA Deputy Barrett May Get Top Post

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An Arizona woman who was the FAA's deputy director during the Reagan era is being touted as current Administrator Marion Blakey's replacement. According to Aviation Daily, unnamed sources say Barbara Barrett is being chatted up in Washington circles to take over from Blakey when her term expires on Sept. 13. Barrett has been on the boards of large companies and charitable organizations and chaired the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. She also took a run at becoming Arizona's governor and is married to Intel Corp. Chairman Craig Barrett. The Barrett rumor comes as most pundits were predicting that the administration would not make an appointment because the Democratic Congress is unlikely to confirm an appointee for a five-year term when there is only a year left in the current administration's mandate. It was thought that current deputy, Bobby Sturgell, would ride out the last year as acting administrator.