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About United States Department of Transportation

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 Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the Maritime Administration. DOT works with the local, state, and private sector to achieve objectives such as increasing mobility, protecting the environment, and supporting national security. Founded in 1966, the agency received an annual budget of about $76 billion in 2018 and is requesting a budget of $77 billion for 2019.


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.

United States Department of Transportation

1200 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington, DC 20590-0001
Phone: 1 (202) 366-4000

Firm Stats

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

Major Office Locations

Washington, DC