Department of Transportation (DOT).

Derek Kan

Under Secretary for Policy

Stephen G. Bradbury

General Counsel

The DOT was established by an act of Congress in October 1966. The mission of DOT's almost 55,000 employees is to keep the traveling public safe and secure, increase their mobility, and have our transportation system contribute to the nation's economic growth.


* SAFETY: Reduce Transportation-Related Fatalities and Serious Injuries Across the Transportation System. Safety has consistently been DOT's top strategic and organizational goal. To improve transportation safety, DOT seeks to work effectively with State, local, Tribal, and private partners; address human behaviors to reduce safety risks; improve safety data analysis to guide decisions; continue to employ safety countermeasures; ensure that automation brings significant safety benefits; and pursue performance-based rather than prescriptive regulations.

* INFRASTRUCTURE: Invest in Infrastructure to Ensure Safety, Mobility and Accessibility and to Stimulate Economic Growth, Productivity and Competitiveness for American Workers and Businesses. DOT seeks to work effectively with State, local, Tribal, and private partners to guide investments that stimulate economic growth, improve the condition of transportation infrastructure, and enable the efficient and safe movement of people and goods. To achieve this goal, DOT will provide guidance, technical assistance, and research that leverages Federal funding, accelerates project delivery, reduces project lifecycle costs, and optimizes the operation and performance of existing facilities. By using innovative forms of financing and project delivery, encouraging partnerships between the public and private sectors, and strategically balancing investments across various modes of transportation to promote greater efficiencies, DOT can maximize the returns to the Nation's economy and people. DOT Operating Administrations (OA) undertake their own strategic planning processes, and as they update their strategic plan documents, they will align them with the DOT Strategic Plan and their own statutory requirements.

* INNOVATION: lead in the Development and Deployment of Innovative Practices and Technologies that Improve the Safety and Performance of the Nation's Transportation System. Emerging technologies are transforming our transportation system. DOT seeks to continue its leadership role guiding research investments and facilitating the deployment of beneficial transportation technologies. By engaging with the private and public sectors, DOT can leverage Federal resources to support technology transfer and ensure the safety and security of new technologies.

* ACCOUNTABILITY. Serve the Nation with Reduced Regulatory Burden and Greater Efficiency, Effectiveness and Accountability. DOT will streamline regulations and improve organizational effectiveness of the Department. DOT will raise accountability standards that improve the efficient use of taxpayer funds. By streamlining business processes and investing in workforce development, DOT will enhance its responsiveness and adaptability to the demands of a rapidly evolving industry


The Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy serves as a principal advisor to the Secretary and provides leadership in the development of policies for the Department, generating proposals and providing advice regarding legislative and regulatory initiatives across all modes of...

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