The safety of the nation's highways is a top priority for the US Department of Transportation (DOT). The agency develops federal transportation policy and promotes the improvement of roads, pipelines, railways, airways, and waterways. DOT consists of about 10 organizations, including the
The DOT oversees agencies and organizations including the Federal Transit Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Office of the Inspector General, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, and the Federal Highway Administration.
The DOT's 2018 budget included a proposal to begin a multi-year initiative to modernize the Federal Aviation Administration. This plan includes investments in next-generation technologies and critical capital infrastructure, as well as the safe integration of such new aircraft as unmanned aircraft and commercial space vehicles. It also calls for the transfer of air traffic control responsibility from the FAA to a private organization.
Other DOT priorities include repairing aging highways and bridges and improving the national port infrastructure. In 2018 the agency granted nearly $500 million towards 41 such projects under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.
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Washington, DC 20590-0001
Phone: 1 (202) 366-4000
Employer Type: Privately Owned
Secretary: Elaine L. Chao
Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration: Michael P. Huerta
Inspector General: Calvin L. Scovel
Employees (This Location): 8,963
Employees (All Locations): 55,000