US Department of Transportation

Government Body
Country/Territory: United States of America


The mission of the US Department of Transportation (DOT) 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." The Department was established by an act of Congress on 15-Oct-1966 and its first official day of operation was 01-Apr-1967. The DOT employs almost 60,000 people, in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) and its operating administrations and bureaus, each with its own management and organisational structure:

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA);
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA);
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG);
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA);
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA);
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA);
  • Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA);
  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA);
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC);
  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA);
  • Surface Transportation Board (STB);
  • Maritime Administration (MARAD).

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