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Phyllis Scheinberg, Transportation official

Phyllis Scheinberg, 63, assistant secretary for budget and programs in the Department of Transportation from 2005 to 2009, died of lung cancer April 20 at Virginia Hospital Center. She lived in Arlington County.

Ms. Scheinberg served as a deputy assistant secretary at the Transportation Department in the early 2000s. She was also a National Academy of Public Administration fellow and was awarded the transportation secretary’s 9-11 Medal in 2002 for her efforts in helping to establish the Transportation Security Administration.

Previously, Ms. Scheinberg was director of transportation issues in what is now the Government Accountability Office and a senior budget examiner in the Office of Management and Budget.

A native of Everett, Mass., Phyllis Factor was a 1969 graduate of Simmons College in Boston and received a master’s degree in administration from the University of California at Irvine in 1979.

She moved to the Washington area upon graduating to work at what is now the GAO and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In recent years, Ms. Scheinberg volunteered with Everybody Wins! DC, a literacy organization.

Her first marriage, to Stephen Scheinberg, ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, David Turner of Arlington; a daughter from her first marriage, Dianne Rishikof of Natick, Mass.; a son from her second marriage, Eric Turner of Arlington; and a grandson.

— Megan Buerger

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