The DOT was established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966. The department's first official day of operation was April 1, 1967. The mission of DOT's 60,000 employees is to serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.
DOT STRATEGIC GOALS
* Safety: Promote the public health and safety by working toward the elimination of transportation-related deaths, injuries, and property damage.
* Mobility: Shape America's future by ensuring a transportation system that is accessible, integrated, and efficient and chat offers flexibility of choices.
* Economic Growth and Trade: Advance America's economic growth and competitiveness domestically and internationally through efficient and flexible transportation.
* Human and Natural Environment: Protect and enhance communities and the natural environment affected by transportation.
* National Security: Advance the nation's vital security interests in sup-port of national strategies such as the National Security Strategy and National Drug Control Strategy by ensuring that the transportation system is secure and available for defense mobility and that our borders are free from illegal intrusion.
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy
Serves as principal policy advisor to the Secretary of Transportation, with oversight responsibility for the Office of Transportation Policy and the Office of Aviation and International Affairs.
OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION POLICY
This office is primarily responsible for recommending surface transportation policy initiatives to the Secretary. The office coordinates multi-modal initiatives and processes, such as the development of DOT s proposed reauthorization language and the coordination of the President's Executive Order on streamlining environmental reviews of transportation infrastructure. The Office of Transportation Policy reviews proposed regulatory and legislative actions within the Department to ensure that they coincide with the Secretary's intent. Within the Office are four sub-ordinate Staff Director Offices:
Office of Freight and Logistics
Provides Departmental leadership and coordination in developing national freight transportation policies. The Office interacts directly with the private sector to maximize the effectiveness of infrastructure investments and to identify innovative approaches to improve the efficiency of freight transportation.
Office of Economic and Strategic Analysis
Provides economic analysis of recommendations and current and proposed rules, in coordination with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and ocher offices. Oversees the development and implementation of the Department's strategic plan.
Office of Navigation and Spectrum Policy
Coordinates the development of Departmental positions on navigation and spectrum policy. Represents all Federal civilian agencies in discussions regarding the Global Positioning System (GPS) with the US DOD.
Office of Safety, Energy, and the Environment
Recommends of coordinates policy safety including hazardous materials, environment, and energy issues affecting all aspects of transportation. Oversees the intermodal Climate Change Center. Coordinates the Departments role in the President's Hydrogen Fuel Initiative. Coordinates implementation of the President's executive order on environmental stewardship and transportation infrastructure project reviews.
OFFICE OF AVIATION AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
This office includes a broad portfolio of responsibilities covering domestic and international aviation, international trade, and a range of other international cooperation and facilitation issues. The Office of Aviation and International Affairs includes two principal jurisdictions: domestic and international aviation. The Office contributes directly to accomplishing the Department of Transportation s strategic goal of economic growth and trade and advances America's economic growth and competitiveness domestically and internationally through efficient and flexible transportation.
This Office represents the Department in its...