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Department of Transportation

The mission of the DOT is to develop and coordinate policies that will provide an efficient and economical national transportation system, with due regard for need, the environment, and the national defense.

The DOT was established by an act of Congress, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966. Its first secretary, Alan S. Boyd, took office on January 16, 1967.

Operating Administrations

Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Highway Administration
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Federal Railroad Administration
Federal Transit Administration
Maritime Administration
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Research and Innovative Technologies Administration
Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
Surface Transportation Board

The Homeland Security Act of 2002 authorized the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security, which subsequently assumed management of the United States Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration, both of which were formerly within the Department of Transportation.

The official website of the Department of Transportation is

Secretaries of Transportation

Secretary Term of Service President
Alan S. Boyd Jan 16, 1967-Jan 20, 1969 Johnson
John A. Volpe Jan 22, 1969-Feb 1, 1973 Nixon
Claude S. Brinegar Feb 2, 1973-Feb 1, 1975 Nixon; Ford
John W. Barnum (acting) Feb 2, 1975-Mar 6, 1975 Ford
William T. Coleman, Jr. Mar 7, 1975-Jan 20, 1977 Ford
Brockman Adams Jan 23, 1977-July 20, 1979 Carter
W. Graham Claytor, Jr. (acting) July 21, 1979-Aug 14, 1979 Carter
Neil E. Goldschmidt Aug 15, 1979-Jan 20, 1981 Carter
Andrew L. Lewis, Jr. Jan 23, 1981-Feb 1, 1983 Reagan
Elizabeth H. Dole Feb 7, 1983-Sep 30, 1987 Reagan
James H. Burnley IV (acting) Oct 1, 1987-Dec 2, 1987 Reagan
James H. Burnley IV Dec 3, 1987-Jan 30, 1989 Reagan
Samuel K. Skinner Feb 6, 1989-Dec 13, 1991 Bush
James B. Busey IV (acting) Dec 14, 1991-Feb 23, 1992 Bush
Andrew H. Card, Jr. Feb 24, 1992-Jan 20, 1993 Bush
Federico F. Peņa Jan 21, 1993-Feb 14, 1997 Clinton
Rodney E. Slater Feb 14, 1997-Jan 20, 2001 Clinton
Mortimer L. Downey III (acting) Jan 21, 2001-Jan 24, 2001 Bush
Norman Y. Mineta Jan 25, 2001-July 7, 2006 Bush
Maria Cino (acting) July 8, 2006-Oct 16, 2006 Bush
Mary E. Peters Oct 17, 2006-January 20, 2009 Bush
Ray LaHood January 23, 2009-July 2, 2013 Obama
Anthony Foxx July 2, 2013-January 20, 2017 Obama
Elaine Chao January 31, 2017- Trump

President Lyndon B. Johnson
Andrew H. Card, Jr.

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