Obama's manufacturing adviser and former car czar leaving White House

Ron Bloom, President Obama's car czar-turned-manufacturing czar, will be leaving at the end of August, the White House announced on Tuesday. Bloom has been a central part of the president's team, first helping to lead the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler, and later shaping the administration's manufacturing policy since September 2009.

His departure comes on the heels of the administration wrapping up one of its biggest accomplishments so far on energy and environment issues, in which he played a major role. Last week President Obama announced new fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks through 2025, and on Tuesday the administration announced the first-ever fuel economy standards for big trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles.

Bloom led many of the meetings among stakeholders that ultimately led to the broad coalition the administration has formed to support the standards. He also has been involved in White House meetings on Environmental Protection Agency rules and their impact on the manufacturing sector.

"For the past two and a half years, Ron Bloom's leadership and expertise has helped us put America's automakers back on the road to recovery, launch new partnerships to make our manufacturers more competitive, and set aggressive fuel economy standards that will save consumers and businesses money at the pump," Obama said. "I'm grateful for his service, and wish him well in his future endeavors."

Bloom also got positive reviews from leaders in the manufacturing sector. "Ron's voice will be sorely missed in this administration," said Scott Paul, executive director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing. "He had a deep knowledge base of all the elements that contribute to a successful manufacturing sector in this country: labor, business, Wall Street. I don't think he's replaceable."

According to the White House, Bloom will be returning to his longtime residence in Pittsburgh to spend more time with his family, and has not yet announced his next step.

"I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to serve under President Obama and alongside so many talented individuals who worked tirelessly to strengthen the economy and help communities across the nation," said Bloom. "We've faced many tough choices and dealt with numerous challenges over the past two and a half years - from restructuring the American auto industry to developing historic fuel-efficiency standards. I am confident in this administration's ability to build on these accomplishments and continue our efforts to revitalize the manufacturing sector."

Bloom started with the administration at the Treasury Department, serving on the President's Task Force on the Automotive Industry. He came from a union background, previously serving as a special assistant to the president of United Steelworkers. There, he worked on the union's collective bargaining program.

Amy Harder contributed to this report.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Federal IT Applications: Assessing Government's Core Drivers

    In order to better understand the current state of external and internal-facing agency workplace applications, Government Business Council (GBC) and Riverbed undertook an in-depth research study of federal employees. Overall, survey findings indicate that federal IT applications still face a gamut of challenges with regard to quality, reliability, and performance management.

    Download
  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

    Download
  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

    Download
  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

    Download
  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.