Secretaries of Transportation

The Department of Transportation was established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, the Department's first official day of operation was April 1, 1967. The mission of the department 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 Secretary of Transportation is the principal adviser to the president in all matters relating to federal transportation programs. airlines, enforcing airline consumer protection regulations, issuance of regulations to prevent alcohol and illegal drug misuse in transportation systems and preparing transportation legislation.

Term of Service

SecretaryHome StateAdministration

1967 - 1969

Alan S. BoydFloridaL.B. Johnson

1969 - 1973

John A. VolpeMassachusettsNixon

1973 - 1974

Claude S. BrinegarCaliforniaNixon

1974 - 1975


1975 - 1977

William T. Coleman Jr.PennsylvaniaFord

1977 - 1979

Brockman AdamsWashingtonCarter

1979 - 1981

Neil E. GoldschmidtOregonCarter

1981 - 1983

Andrew L. Lewis Jr.PennsylvaniaReagan

1983 - 1987

Elizabeth H. DoleKansasReagan

1987 - 1989

James H. Burnley IVWashington, D.C.Reagan

1989 - 1991

Samuel K. SkinnerIllinoisG.H.W. Bush

1992 - 1993

Andrew H. Card Jr.MassachusettsG.H.W. Bush

1993 - 1997

Federico F. PeñaColoradoClinton

1997 - 2001

Rodney E. SlaterArkansasClinton

2001 -

Norman Y. MinetaCaliforniaG.W. Bush

One hundred years later, Washington's population exceeds six million -- and nearly three million private vehicles travel more than 55 billion miles on our state's streets, roads, and highways every year.

This chronology marks the major milestones in the evolution of Washington's transportation system over a century of progress, challenge, and innovation.

Governor Albert E. Mead signs law for State Highway Board and Commissioner on March 13, 1905. Highway Commissioner Joseph M. Snow and Highway Board hold their first meeting on April 17, 1905.

First automobile crosses Snoqualmie Pass in June 1905.

The first airplane in Washington is demonstrated in Georgetown, near Seattle, in March 1910.

Governor Marion E. Hay signs "Permanent Highway Act," imposing state control over major highways and levying a one-mill road tax, on March 8, 1911.

Henry L. Bowlby serves as Highway Commissioner, 1909-1911.

State engineers begin experimenting with concrete paving in 1912.

State takes over private toll bridge between Clarkston and Lewiston, making it Washington's first public interstate bridge, on December 4, 1913.

William R. Roberts serves as Highway Commissioner, 1911-1913 succeeded by William R. Roy, 1913-1916.

Governor Ernest Lister dedicates Sunset Highway (now I-90) at Snoqualmie Pass on July 1, 1915.

President Woodrow Wilson signs Federal Aid Road Act on July 11, 1916.

James Allen serves as Highway Commissioner, 1916-1921.

Clark and Multnomah counties open Columbia River Interstate Bridge on February 14, 1917.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dedicates Government Locks on Lake Washington Ship Canal on July 4, 1917.

First public airstrips are developed in Spokane (Felt's Field) and Seattle (Sand Point) in 1920.

The State Highway Board is replaced by the State Highway Committee (governor, state auditor, and state treasurer) in 1921 and a Division of Highways is created in a new Department of Public Works. James Allen serves as Supervisor of Highways until 1923, then as Highway Engineer until 1925.

Washington levies its first gasoline tax, one cent per gallon to raise $900,000 annually, in March 1921.

Division of Highways establishes first State Highways Testing Laboratory (now Materials Laboratory) in Olympia in July 1921.

State undertakes first snow removal services on Cascade mountain passes in the winter of 1922-1923.

Legislature removes highways from the Department of Public Works and puts them under a State Highway Engineer in 1923.

State builds its first standard dimension steel-truss bridge over the Dosewallips River in August 1923.

Final 36-mile stretch of Pacific Highway is paved between Kalama and Toledo to complete State Road No. 1 (now 99) in October 1923.

Present boundaries for six state highway regional offices, each headed by a District Engineer, are established in 1925 (a temporary seventh district directed interstate construction in the Puget Sound area between 1957 and 1975).

J. W. Hoover serves as Highway Engineer, 1925-1927.

First Vantage Bridge over the Columbia River opens on September 8, 1927 (replaced in 1962).

Samuel J. Humes serves as Highway Engineer, 1927-1929, then as Director of Highways until 1933.

Department of Highways becomes a separate code department on March 14, 1929.

Private Longview Bridge (now Lewis and Clark Bridge) opens as the longest cantilever bridge in North America on March 29, 1930 (the state purchased it 1947).

State begins operating the Keller Ferry across the Columbia River in 1930.

Olympic Loop Highway (U.S. 101) opens on August 26-27, 1931.

George Washington Memorial Bridge (Aurora Bridge) opens on February 22, 1932.

Legislature approves $10 million in emergency relief bonds for public roadwork, funded in part from the gas tax, in February 1933. This is the first bonded debt issued by the state for roads.

Lacey V. Murrow serves as Director of Highways, 1933-1940.

Highway Department establishes first truck weighing stations in 1933.

Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges open between Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island in July 1935.

Black Ball ferry Kalakala enters service on July 3, 1935 (the State retires it in 1967).

Legislature approves sweeping new highway code, raises speed limit to 50 m.p.h., and creates new Toll Bridge Authority within the Department of Highways in March 1937.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge opens on July 1, 1940, and Lake Washington Floating Bridge (or Mercer Island Bridge, now Lacey V. Murrow Floating Bridge) opens the next day.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses during a windstorm on November 7, 1940.

Burwell Bantz serves as Director of Highways, 1941-1945.

During World War II, gas rationing is imposed and maximum speed limits are reduced to 35 m.p.h. Grand Coulee Dam and Hanford nuclear reservation are completed.

Voters approve Amendment 18 to the state constitution, limiting all transportation-related tax revenues to highway uses, on November 7, 1944.

Clarence Hickey dies shortly after being named Director of Highways in 1945, and is succeeded by Clarence Shain, 1945-1949.

Legislature passes first authorization for limited-access highways and establishes an Aeronautics Commission in March 1947.

William A. Bugge serves as Director of Highways, 1949-1963.

Agate Pass Bridge between Bainbridge Island and Kitsap Peninsula opens October 7, 1950.

Replacement Tacoma Narrows Bridge opens on October 14, 1950.

Washington State Toll Bridge Authority takes over Black Ball Line, at a cost of $6.8 million, to establish Washington State Ferries on June 1, 1951.

Legislature reorganizes the Department of Highways under a new five-member Highway Commission effective July 1, 1951.

White Pass highway (SR 12) is officially opened on August 12, 1951.

First portion of Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct between Battery and Dearborn streets opens on April 4, 1953.

The Steamboat Slough and Snohomish River bridges in Everett, Skagit River Bridge in Mt. Vernon, Chehalis River Bridge in Aberdeen, and Wenatchee River Bridge all open in between 1954 and 1956.

Department of Highways begins using its first "computer," an IBM Cardatype, in March 1956.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs new Federal Aid Highway Act, which boosts federal match to 90 percent to create an "Interstate and Defense Highway System" on June 29, 1956.

Olympia Freeway bypass (a portion of future I-5) opens on December 12, 1958.

Vancouver-Portland Interstate Toll Bridge over the Columbia River opens in January 1960.

First portion of Interstate 5 opens in Tacoma on December 21, 1960.

Washington State Legislature adopts Highway Advertising Control Act to remove billboards in March 1961 (four years ahead of National Highway Beautification Act).

Hood Canal Floating Bridge opens to traffic on August 12, 1961.

Seattle's "Century 21 Exposition" World's Fair opens on April 21, 1962.

Charles G. Prahl serves as Director of Highways, 1963-1969.

Evergreen Point (now Albert D. Rosellini) Floating Bridge opens on August 28, 1963.

Interstate 5 opens to traffic between Seattle and Everett on February 3, 1965, and Seattle reversible lanes open in June.

Interstate 405 opens between Renton and Tukwila on September 3, 1965.

With Washington state participation, Oregon Highway Department completes the Astoria-Megler Bridge over the Columbia River on August 27, 1966.

First "superferry," Hyak, is launched in San Diego on December 17, 1966.

George H. Andrews serves as Director of Highways, 1969-1975.

Spokane's 4th Avenue viaduct is completed in September 1969.

Final portion of I-5 is completed on November 14, 1969.

Department of Highways occupies its current headquarters in Olympia in 1970.

Environmental lawsuits are filed to halt construction of Interstate 90 on May 28, 1970.

Fred Redmon Memorial Bridge opens on I-82 over Selah Creek on November 2, 1971.

Jumbo Ferries Spokane and Walla Walla are launched during 1972.

North Cascades Highway (SR 20) opens between Newhalem and Winthrop on September 2, 1972.

King County voters approve creation of Metro Transit on September 19, 1972.

State's first acoustical freeway barriers and first "High Occupancy Vehicle" (HOV) lanes are introduced in 1973.

Spokane "Expo 7" World's Fair opens on May 4, 1974.

OPEC oil embargo spurs Congress to pass National Mass Transportation Act, providing the first federal aid for transit operating costs, and to impose a 55 m.p.h. freeway speed limit in 1974 (lifted in 1996).

William A. Bulley serves as last Director of Highways, 1975-1977.

Legislature grants local governments authority to create Public Transportation Benefit Areas to provide transit services in 1975.

Highway Commission signs memorandum of understanding for revised I-90 design with Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue, and King County on December 21, 1976.

Eleven-mile section of I-205 bypassing Vancouver opens to traffic on December 22, 1976.

New Washington State Department of Transportation, guided by a Transportation Commission, formally begins operation on September 21, 1977. The Commission names William A. Bulley as the first Secretary of Transportation.

Innovative cable-stayed Intercity Bridge opens across the Columbia between Pasco and Kennewick in September 1978.

In the first railroad line rehabilitation project in the West, WSDOT starts work on 61-mile spur line between Metaline Falls and Newport in 1979.

West half of Hood Canal Floating Bridge sinks during a severe storm on February 13, 1979.

Federal courts lift injunction on final I-90 construction between Seattle and I-405 on August 24, 1979.

Mount St. Helens erupts on May 18, 1980, wiping out much of SR 504 and temporarily closing more than 1,000 miles of state highways.

First of a new class of ferries, the Issaquah, is launched on December 29, 1980.

Duane Berentson serves as Secretary of Transportation, 1981-1993.

First "FLOW" on-ramp meters are installed on I-5 on September 30, 1981.

Replacement Hood Canal Bridge opens to traffic on October 3, 1982.

Twin I-182 bridges open between Richland and Pasco on November 27, 1984.

Third floating bridge across Lake Washington (later named for Homer M. Hadley) opens on June 4, 1989.

Washington State Legislature enacts High Capacity Transportation Act, authorizing Regional Transit System Plans, and Growth Management Act (GMA), first state mandate for comprehensive planning, in 1990.

While under reconstruction, the original 1940 Lacey V. Murrow Floating Bridge sinks during a violent storm on November 25, 1990.

President George H. W. Bush signs Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, broadening federal transportation policies and funding, on December 18, 1991.

Sid Morrison serves as Secretary of Transportation, 1993-2001.

Department of Transportation launches its first website in 1994.

State inaugurates its first "Grain Train" serving Port of Walla Walla in fall 1994.

Transportation Commission adopts a first-ever 20-year transportation plan, integrating all forms of surface transportation in each of the state's 39 counties, in spring 1996.

Washington State Ferries launches its first Jumbo Mark II ferry, the Tacoma, on August 29, 1996.

King, Pierce, and Snohomish County voters approve $3.9 billion "Sound Transit" plan on November 5, 1996.

Rideshare program, coordinated by state and local transit authorities, begins in Thurston, Pierce, King, Kitsap, and Snohomish counties in December 1996.

The cable-stayed bridge over Tacoma's Thea Foss Waterway on SR 509 opens on January 22, 1997.

Johnston Ridge Observatory on Mount St. Helens and final section of Spirit Lake Memorial Highway (SR 504) open on May 17, 1997.

Washington State Ferries launches its first passenger-only ferry, Chinook, on May 15, 1998.

State voters pass Referendum 49, which reduces Motor Vehicle Excise Tax (MVET), reallocates transportation funds, and authorizes $1.9 billion in bonds to fund $2.3 billion in transportation projects on November 3, 1998.

State approves a $350 million "New Partners" proposal for new toll bridge across the Tacoma Narrows on November 18, 1998.

With state funding and aid, Amtrak inaugurates "Cascades" rail service between Eugene and Seattle with three new "Talgo" trains on January 11, 1999.

Voters approve Initiative 695, capping annual MVET at $30, on November 2, 1999. The Supreme Court later voids the initiative, but the Legislature retains the MVET cap.

State Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation proposes major reforms and new funding strategies on November 29, 2000.

A severe earthquake near Olympia causes more than $1 billion in damage to roads and infrastructure on February 28, 2001.

Douglas B. MacDonald becomes Secretary of Transportation in 2001.

Terrorist attacks temporarily shut down many transportation systems on September 11, 2001, and lead to intensified security precautions for airports, ferries, railroads, and highways.

Voters reject Referendum 51 transportation plan and gas tax increase while approving Initiative 776, which seeks to cap local MVET surcharges, on November 5, 2002.

Five-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase takes effect on July 1, 2003, to fund $4.2 billion in priority "nickel projects."


Today, WSDOT spends more than $1 billion annually for planning, construction, operation, maintenance, and management of key elements of a complex "multimodal" system of transportation including more than 7,000 miles of state highways (only 9 percent of total road miles, but carrying nearly 60 percent of all traffic), a Washington State Ferries fleet serving more than 25 million annual riders, 16 emergency airfields, and special passenger and freight rail services. (Back cover)

2005 and Beyond .

Today the Washington State Transportation Commission and Washington State Department of Transportation face tasks and challenges both new and old. In updating its 20-year plan, the Transportation Commission has identified key issues for innovation, investment, and improvement, including --

    Meeting the transportation needs of the 2 million additional citizens expected to live in Washington by 2030.

In partnership with federal and local governments, the private sector, and, foremost, the people of our state, the Washington State Transportation Commission and the Department of Transportation are working to keep Washington moving in the twenty-first century.

Rebuilt Lacey V. Murrow floating bridge (right) and the new Homer M. Hadley Bridge across Lake Washington, October 2001 Photo by Priscilla Long

Sunset Highway switchback near Snoqualmie Pass, ca. 1915

Lewiston-Clarkston Bridge spanning the Snake River between Clarkston, Washington, and Lewiston, Idaho, 1910s

Postcard Courtesy Washington State University Libraries

Concrete base for paving of Pacific Highway, near Kent, 1910

Dosewallips River Bridge, 1993

Photo by Jet Lowe, Courtesy Historic American Engineering Record

Cover of promotional brochure for Lake Washington Floating Bridge (later renamed Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge), ca. 1940

Olympic Highway near Lake Quinault, ca. 1937

Ferry Kalakala, ca. 1960

Ellensburg - Cle Elum Highway, Kittitas County, 1940s

Courtesy Washington Rural Heritage (TRN154)

Agate Pass Bridge, November 21, 2004 Photo by Priscilla Long

Astoria-Megler Bridge over Columbia River, seen from Astoria, Oregon, August 16, 2002 Photo by Kit Oldham

Fred Redmon Bridge over Selah Creek canyon, I-82, Yakima County, October 17, 2008

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg currently serves as the 19th Secretary of Transportation, having been sworn in on February 3, 2021.

Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, Secretary Buttigieg served two terms as mayor of his hometown of South Bend, Indiana. A graduate of Harvard University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Buttigieg served for seven years as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, taking a leave of absence from the mayor’s office for a deployment to Afghanistan in 2014.

He is the son of Joseph Buttigieg, who immigrated to the United States from Malta, and Jennifer Anne Montgomery, a fifth-generation Hoosier.

Growing up in South Bend—which was once home to Studebaker car manufacturing—Pete Buttigieg, like many other Americans in the industrial Midwest, grew up surrounded by empty factories and abandoned houses, sometimes hearing that the only way to a good future was to get out.

He returned to the Midwest after school, worked in the private sector, and was elected Mayor of South Bend in 2011 with a focus on delivering a new future for the city through a fresh approach to politics and bold ideas.

Soon known as “Mayor Pete,” Buttigieg worked across the aisle to transform South Bend’s future and improve people’s everyday lives. Household income grew, poverty fell, and unemployment was cut in half. The city established new resources to extend opportunity and access to technology for all residents, and he launched a “Smart Streets” initiative to improve street design in the downtown and the historically under-resourced West Side. This Complete Streets strategy led to benefits that included small business growth along previously neglected corridors, and hundreds of millions of dollars in new private investment in the once-emptying downtown.

His leadership helped spark citywide job growth and facilitated innovative public-private partnerships like Commuters Trust, a benefits program designed to improve the city’s transportation experience for workers.

At the same time, Mayor Pete worked to build a South Bend community where every resident could feel safe and included. His initiative on municipal identification cards for residents helped to bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows, while a small business incubator established in a historically Black neighborhood worked to expand opportunity, and a surge of investment went into repairing or removing abandoned houses in lower-income neighborhoods.

In 2019, he launched his historic campaign for president. Throughout 2020, he campaigned for the election of the Biden-Harris ticket and served on the advisory board for the presidential transition. In December, he was nominated by President-elect Biden to be Secretary of Transportation. He was confirmed by the Senate on February 2, 2021, becoming the first openly gay person confirmed to serve in a president’s Cabinet.

Secretary Buttigieg lives with his husband Chasten and their rescue dogs, Buddy and Truman.

Women in Transportation History: Elizabeth Dole, 1st Female US Transportation Secretary

In 1983, Elizabeth “Liddy” Dole was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as the eighth U.S. secretary of transportation. She was the first woman to serve in the role.

Dole’s accomplishments as secretary of transportation included facilitating the transfer of control of Washington National (now Ronald Regan National) Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport from the Federal Aviation Administration to an independent regional authority. She also oversaw the privatization of the federally subsidized railroad Conrail.

Dole’s tenure at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) was also defined by various transportation safety initiatives. These initiatives included working with groups such as the nonprofit organization MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) to reduce drunk and drugged driving nationwide promoting increased seat belt usage by the public, and providing incentives for manufacturers to install airbags in new automobiles. Dole also strongly championed the installation of center high-mounted brake lights on new automobiles as a key safety measure. These lights, which were mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, became widely known as “Liddy Lights.”

When Elizabeth Dole resigned as secretary of transportation in 1987 to help her husband Bob Dole run for president, Reagan highlighted her contributions to safety. “Because of your personal emphasis on transportation safety, it is now a national priority,” stated Reagan in his letter accepting her resignation. “Countless lives have been saved and crippling injuries prevented on our highways, railroads, and in the air because of your leadership.”

Secretaries of Transportation - History

Department of Transportation Boards:

- NC Board of Transportation
- NC Turnpike Authority Board
- NC Ports Authority Board
- NC Global Transpark Board

NC Statute Authority for the Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation is authorized by General Statute 143B, Article 8, Paragraph 143B-345:

"There is hereby created and established a department to be known as the Department of Transportation with the organization, powers, and duties defined in Article 1 of Chapter 143B, except as modified in this Article."

Click Here to view the entire Statute, which describes in greater detail all of the functions of the Department of Transportation.

History of the Department of Transportation: The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) was formed in 1915 as the State Highway Commission. In 1941, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) was formed under the NCDOT by an Act of the General Assembly. The Executive Organization Act of 1971 combined the State Highway Commission and the DMV to form the Department of Transportation and Highway Safety. In 1979, Highway Safety was dropped when the North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) was transferred to the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. The Department of Transportation and Highway Safety was created by the Executive Organization Act of 1971. The Department of Highways, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the State Highway Commission were consolidated into the new department and the newly designated Board of Transportation. In 1977, the term "Highway Safety" was dropped with the creation of a new Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.

The department is headed by an executive secretary appointed by the governor. Legislation passed in 1973 designates the secretary as an ex officio member of the Board of Transportation which he chairs. In 1977 the old Board of Transportation was revamped and the Secondary Roads Council abolished by forming one central body—the new Board of Transportation—to oversee transportation development and problems in
North Carolina.

The important point of the original reorganization act was the grouping of all transportation responsibilities, aviation and mass transit as well as highways, into one department under a single administrative control. With this new phase of reorganization, the end will further be achieved.

Pete Buttigieg’s Nomination Is History Making in More Ways Than One

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Two years ago, Pete Buttigieg was the little-known mayor of South Bend, Indiana, about to launch a highly improbable run for the presidency. Now, after a campaign that briefly propelled him to front-runner status and then a media blitz that made him perhaps the most successful campaign surrogate for President-elect Joe Biden, he is on the cusp of being the next secretary of transportation—and the first openly gay person ever confirmed for a Cabinet post in the nation’s history.

Biden announced on Tuesday that he would appoint Buttigieg to the post, calling his former campaign rival “a patriot and a problem solver who speaks to the best of who we are as a nation.” The pick was hailed by the Human Rights Campaign, which last month urged the president-elect to appoint LGBTQ people to senior posts in his administration. “His voice as a champion for the LGBTQ community in the Cabinet room will help President-elect Biden build back our nation better, stronger, and more equal than before,” Alphonso David, the president of the HRC, said in a statement issued after the news began to leak out.

Buttigieg will technically not be the first openly gay person to fill a Cabinet-level post, but the person who holds that distinction—Richard Grenell, who briefly served as Donald Trump’s acting director of national intelligence—was never confirmed by the Senate. (Some conservative media outlets have criticized the first openly gay designation bestowed upon Buttigieg, saying it diminishes Grenell’s achievement. “Such claims amount to whitewashing President Donald Trump’s promotion of his administration’s first ambassador to Germany, Ric Grenell, to serve as director of national intelligence from February to May this year–a Cabinet-level position,” The Federalist’s Tristan Justice wrote on Wednesday.)

So far, Biden’s administration is shaping up to be one of the most diverse in history when it comes to LGBTQ representation. Karine Jean-Pierre, the chief of staff for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, was recently announced as principal deputy White House press secretary, and Pili Tobar, an immigration-rights advocate and former aide to Senator Chuck Schumer, was named deputy White House communications director. Carlos Elizondo, who was Biden’s social secretary when Biden was vice president, has been named White House social secretary.

On Tuesday, Buttigieg tweeted his gratitude for the nomination:

And on Wednesday, his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, noted the historic nature of his appointment:

If confirmed, the 38-year-old Buttigieg will also be the first millennial to hold a senior position in the Biden administration and one of the youngest Cabinet members in history. Julián Castro was 39 when Barack Obama appointed him housing secretary in 2014, and Alexander Hamilton was in his mid-30s when he became the nation’s first secretary of the Treasury.

In his remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday, before formally introducing his pick for secretary of transportation, Biden touted the diversity of his appointments so far, saying that, by the time he was through, his Cabinet would have the most women and the most people of color in history. It would be, Biden said, “a Cabinet of barrier breakers, a Cabinet of firsts. A Cabinet that looks like America.”

Buttigieg started off his speech by talking about his longtime love of trains, planes, and other forms of transportation, disclosing that he had actually proposed to Chasten in an airport terminal. (“So don’t let anyone tell you that O’Hare isn’t romantic,” he joked.)

Then, in addition to pledging that under his leadership “the idea of Infrastructure Week is associated with results and never again a media punchline,” he talked about the significance of what was happening on this socially distanced stage of the Queen theater.

“I’m also mindful that the eyes of history are on this appointment, knowing that this is the first time an American president has ever sent an openly LGBTQ Cabinet member to the Senate for confirmation,” Buttigieg said. He recalled watching the news, as a 17-year-old, when then president Bill Clinton tried to appoint an openly gay ambassador, only to have that pick vilified and ultimately tabled until Clinton could make a recess appointment. “Two decades later,” Buttigieg said, “I can’t help but think of a 17-year-old somewhere who might be watching us right now, somebody who wonders whether and where they belong, in the world or even in their own family, and I’m thinking about the message that today’s announcement is sending to them.”

Buttigieg was a fierce and often highly critical opponent of Biden in the early days of the 2020 presidential campaign. But once he dropped out, right before Super Tuesday, Buttigieg became an equally fierce surrogate for the Democratic nominee, particularly in his appearances on Fox News, where he skillfully parried with the Trump-leaning hosts and matter-of-factly pointed out the repeated falsehoods being perpetrated by the president.

Pete Buttigieg went from being one of Joe Biden’s fiercest rivals to one of his most effective surrogates on the campaign trail.

One regular Fox viewer was apparently not happy with the airtime given to the young politician. “Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him,” Donald Trump tweeted shortly before one appearance in May of last year. “Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems. They got dumped from the Democrats boring debates, and they just want in. They forgot the people who got them there.”

Key Facts

Buttigieg is the first openly gay person to be confirmed by the Senate for a Cabinet position. At 39 years old, he is also one of the youngest Transportation secretaries in history.

President Joe Biden has said Buttigieg would play a central role in the response to Covid-19, which has killed more than 440,000 Americans and wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy. As part of the “Build Back Better” initiative, Buttigieg is also expected to focus on climate change and racial justice in the economic recovery.


Secretary Elaine Chao is an inspirational and consequential leader who has been appointed to two Presidential cabinet positions: U. S. Secretary of Transportation and U. S. Secretary of Labor . When she was unanimously confirmed to her first cabinet post as Secretary of Labor, she became the first woman of Asian American & Pacific Islander heritage to serve in the President’s cabinet in history.

She arrived in the United States in third grade not knowing how to speak English. She received her citizenship at the age of 19. It was her experience transitioning to a new country that motivated her to ensure that everyone has access to the opportunities in our country.

Secretary Chao is an inspirational and consequential leader who has been appointed to two Presidential cabinet positions: U. S. Secretary of Transportation and U. S. Secretary of Labor . When she was unanimously confirmed to her first cabinet post as Secretary of Labor, she became the first woman of Asian American & Pacific Islander heritage to serve in the President’s cabinet in history.

She arrived in the United States in third grade not knowing how to speak English. She received her citizenship at the age of 19. It was her experience transitioning to a new country that motivated her to ensure that everyone has access to the opportunities in our country.

General Records of the Department of Transportation [DOT]

Established: By the Department of Transportation Act (80 Stat. 931), October 15, 1966, consolidating highway, rail, air, and marine transportation functions previously vested in Departments of Commerce, the Treasury, and the Interior Interstate Commerce Commission Civil Aeronautics Board Federal Aviation Agency and Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Became operational April 1, 1967. Acquired urban mass transit functions from Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1968. Acquired Electronic Research Center (transportation safety research) from National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1970. Acquired Maritime Administration from Department of Commerce, 1981.

  • Office of the Under Secretary for Transportation, Department of Commerce (DOC, 1950-67)
  • Office of Road Inquiry, Department of Agriculture (DOA, 1893-99)
  • Office of Public Road Inquiries, DOA (1899-1905)
  • Office of Public Roads, DOA (1905-15)
  • Office of Public Roads and Rural Engineering, DOA (1915-18)
  • Bureau of Public Roads, DOA (1918-39)
  • Public Roads Administration, Federal Works Agency (1939-49)
  • Bureau of Public Roads, General Services Administration (1949)
  • Bureau of Public Roads, DOC (1949-67)
  • Bureau of Motor Carriers, Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC, 1935-65)
  • Section of Motor Carrier Safety, Bureau of Operations and Compliance, ICC (1965-67)
  • National Traffic Safety Agency, DOC (1966-67)
  • National Highway Safety Agency, DOC (1966-67)
  • Office of High-Speed Ground Transportation, DOC (1965-67)
  • Alaska Engineering Commission (1914-15)
  • Alaska Engineering Commission, Department of the Interior (DOI, 1915-23)
  • The Alaska Railroad, DOI (1923-67)
  • Office of the Secretary, ICC (1893-1911)
  • Division of Safety Appliances, ICC (1911-14)
  • Division of Safety, ICC (1914-17)
  • Bureau of Safety, ICC (1917-54, to Bureau of Safety and Service)
  • Division of Locomotive Boiler Inspection, ICC (1911-15)
  • Division of Locomotive Inspection, ICC (1915-17)
  • Bureau of Locomotive Inspection, ICC (1917-54, to Bureau of Safety and Service)
  • Division of Car Service, ICC (1917)
  • Bureau of Car Service, ICC (1917-20)
  • Bureau of Service, ICC (1920-54, to Bureau of Safety and Service)
  • Bureau of Safety and Service, ICC (1954-65)
  • Bureau of Railroad Safety and Service, ICC (1965-67)
  • Section of Explosives, Bureau of Service, ICC (1925-34)
  • Explosives and Dangerous Articles Branch, Section of Railroad Safety, Bureau of Safety and Service, ICC (1954-65)
  • Section of Explosives and Dangerous Articles, Bureau of Operations and Compliance, ICC (1965-67)
  • Aeronautics Branch, DOC (1926-34)
  • Bureau of Air Commerce, DOC (1934-38)
  • Civil Aeronautics Authority (1938-40)
  • Civil Aeronautics Administration, DOC (1940-58, to Federal Aviation Agency, FAA)
  • Civil Aeronautics Board (safety regulatory functions only, 1940- 58, to FAA)
  • Federal Aviation Agency (1958-67)
  • Air Regulations Division, Aeronautics Branch (AB), DOC (1926-29)
  • Air Regulation Service, AB, DOC (1929-34)
  • Air Regulation Division, Bureau of Air Commerce (BAC), DOC (1934- 37, to Safety and Planning Division, Certificate and Inspection Division, and Regulation and Enforcement Division)
  • Safety and Planning Division, BAC, DOC (1937-38, to Civil Aeronautics Authority, CAA)
  • Certificate and Inspection Division, BAC, DOC (1937-38, to CAA)
  • Regulation and Enforcement Division, BAC, DOC (1937-38, to CAA)
  • Bureau of Safety Regulation, CAA (1938-40, to Safety Bureau, Civil Aeronautics Board, CAB)
  • Air Safety Board, CAA (1938-40, to Safety Bureau, CAB)
  • Safety Bureau, CAB (1940-48, to Bureau of Safety Regulation and Bureau of Safety Investigation)
  • Bureau of Safety Regulation, CAB (1948-57, to Bureau of Safety)
  • Bureau of Safety Investigation, CAB (1948-57, to Bureau of Safety)
  • Bureau of Safety, CAB (1957-67)
  • Revenue Marine Division, Department of the Treasury (DT, 1843-49, 1871-94) Revenue Cutter Service, DT (1894-1915, to United States Coast Guard, USCG)
  • Life Saving Service, Revenue Marine Division, DT (1871-78)
  • Life Saving Service, DT (1878-1915, to USCG)
  • United States Coast Guard, DT (1915-67)
  • Lighthouse Service, DT (1792-1852)
  • Lighthouse Board, DT (1852-1903)
  • Lighthouse Board, Department of Commerce and Labor (DOCL, 1903- 10)
  • Bureau of Lighthouses, DOCL (1910-13)
  • Bureau of Lighthouses, DOC (1913-39, to USCG)
  • Steamboat Inspection Service, DT (1852-1903)
  • Steamboat Inspection Service, DOCL (1903-13)
  • Steamboat Inspection Service, DOC (1913-32, to Bureau of Navigation and Steamboat Inspection)
  • Bureau of Navigation, DT (1884-1903)
  • Bureau of Navigation, DOCL (1903-13)
  • Bureau of Navigation, DOC (1913-32, to Bureau of Navigation and Steamboat Inspection)
  • Bureau of Navigation and Steamboat Inspection, DOC (1932-36)
  • Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, DOC (1936-42, to Bureau of Customs and USCG)
  • Bureau of Customs, DT (vessel documentation only, 1942-67, to USCG)
  • Great Lakes Pilotage Administration, DOC (1960-67)
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (1954-67)
  • U.S. Shipping Board (1917-34)
  • U.S. Shipping Board Bureau, DOC (1934-36)
  • U.S. Maritime Commission (1936-50)
  • Federal Maritime Board (1950-61, maritime subsidy functions to Maritime Administration)
  • Maritime Administration, DOC (1950-81)
  • Office of Transportation, Housing and Home Finance Agency (1961-65)
  • Urban Transportation Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development (1965-68)
  • Electronic Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, 1965-66)
  • Electronic Research Center, Office of Advanced Research and Technology, NASA (1966-70)

Functions: Establishes national transportation policies affecting highways, railroads, urban mass transit systems, and aviation. Develops and enforces safety regulations for highways, waterways, ports, and oil and gas pipelines. Administers United States Coast Guard, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Maritime Administration, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, and Research and Special Programs Administration.

Administered National Transportation Safety Board until it was designated an independent agency, effective April 1, 1975, by the Independent Safety Board Act of 1974 (88 Stat. 2166), January 3, 1975.

Administered The Alaska Railroad until it was transferred to the State of Alaska, January 5, 1985, pursuant to the Alaska Railroad Transfer Act of 1982 (96 Stat. 2556), January 14, 1983.

Related Records:
Record copies of publications of the Department of Transportation in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.
Records of the U.S. Coast Guard, RG 26.
Records of the Bureau of Public Roads, RG 30.
General Records of the Department of Commerce, RG 40.
Records of the Interstate Commerce Commission, RG 134.
Records of the Civil Aeronautics Board, RG 197.
Records of the Federal Aviation Administration, RG 237.
Records of The Alaska Railroad, RG 322.
Records of the Maritime Administration, RG 357.
Records of the Federal Railroad Administration, RG 399.
Records of the Federal Highway Administration, RG 406.
Records of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, RG 416.
Records of the Research and Special Programs Administration (Transportation), RG 467.

398.2 General Records of the Department of Transportation

History: Office of the Under Secretary for Transportation established in Department of Commerce by Department Order 128, November 20, 1950, with supervisory responsibility over transportation functions exercised by various departmental components. Abolished, effective April 1, 1967, by Amendment 2 to Department Order 83, April 10, 1967, with functions transferred to newly established DOT, and assigned to Office of the Secretary of Transportation. See 398.1.

Highway transportation functions:

Office of Road Inquiry established in Department of Agriculture (DOA), October 3, 1893, by the Agricultural Appropriation Act (27 Stat. 737), March 3, 1893. Redesignated Office of Public Road Inquiries, 1899. Consolidated with Division of Tests in Bureau of Chemistry, DOA, to form Office of Public Roads, effective July 1, 1905, by the Agricultural Appropriation Act (33 Stat. 882), March 3, 1905. Further consolidated with Drainage Division and Irrigation Division of Office of Experiment Stations, DOA, acquiring also farm architectural functions of Office of Farm Management Investigations, to form Office of Public Roads and Rural Engineering, by the Agricultural Appropriation Act (38 Stat. 1110), March 4, 1915. Redesignated Bureau of Public Roads, retroactive to July 1, 1918, by the Agricultural Appropriation Act (40 Stat. 1000), October 1, 1918. Transferred to Federal Works Agency by Reorganization Plan No. I of 1939, effective July 1, 1939, and redesignated Public Roads Administration. Transferred to General Services Administration, July 1, 1949, by the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act (63 Stat. 380), June 30, 1949, and redesignated Bureau of Public Roads. Transferred to Department of Commerce (DOC) by Reorganization Plan No. 7 of 1949, effective August 20, 1949. Transferred to DOT and assigned to Federal Highway Administration (FHA), 1967. See 398.1. Functions absorbed by FHA, August 10, 1970.

Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC)

Bureau of Motor Carriers established to administer provisions of the Motor Carrier Act (49 Stat. 543), August 9, 1935. Redesignated Section of Motor Carrier Safety in newly established Bureau of Operations and Compliance as part of an ICC reorganization, 1965. Transferred to DOT and assigned to FHA as Bureau of Motor Carrier Safety, 1967. See 398.1.

National Traffic Safety Agency

National Highway Safety Agency

Concurrently established in Office of the Under Secretary for Transportation, DOC, by the Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the National Highway Safety Act (80 Stat. 718 and 80 Stat. 731), September 9, 1966. Concurrently transferred to DOT and assigned to newly established FHA, 1967. See 398.1. Consolidated to form National Highway Safety Bureau, FHA, by EO 11357, June 6, 1967. Designated an autonomous operating unit of DOT, March 22, 1970. Abolished, with functions transferred to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, DOT, by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 (84 Stat. 1739), December 31, 1970.

Rail transportation functions:

Office of High-Speed Ground Transportation

Established in Department of Commerce (DOC) to administer an act mandating a study of high-speed ground transportation (79 Stat. 893), September 30, 1965. Transferred to DOT and assigned to Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), 1967. See 398.1. Terminated, with functions transferred to newly established Office of the Associate Administrator for Research, Development, and Demonstrations, FRA, 1972.

Construction and operation of railroad in Territory of Alaska authorized by the Alaska Railroad Act (38 Stat. 305), March 12, 1914, which further directed the President to appoint an Alaska Engineering Commission to supervise construction. Commission placed under Department of the Interior (DOI) by EO 2129, January 26, 1915. DOI authorized to operate railroad by EO 3861, June 8, 1923. Construction completed and railroad opened, July 15, 1923, with operating responsibility vested in Alaska Railroad Commission. Redesignated The Alaska Railroad by Secretary's Order, August 15, 1923. Transferred to Division of Territories and Island Possessions, DOI, by Secretary's Order 1040, February 13, 1936. Transferred to Office of Territories (successor to Office of Territories and Island Possessions), DOI, by Administrative Order 2577, July 28, 1950. Acquired independent status within DOI by manual release, December 16, 1959. Transferred to DOT and assigned to FRA, 1967. See 398.1. Transferred to State of Alaska, 1985.

Interstate Commerce Commission

Office of the Secretary made responsible for issuing and enforcing safety regulations for specified types of railroad equipment by the Safety Appliance Act of 1893 (27 Stat. 531), March 2, 1893. Functions transferred to newly established Division of Safety Appliances, July 1, 1911. Redesignated Division of Safety, 1914. Redesignated Bureau of Safety, October 17, 1917.

Division of Locomotive Boiler Inspection established July 1, 1911, to administer provisions of an act of February 17, 1911 (36 Stat. 913), requiring inspection of locomotive boilers. Redesignated Division of Locomotive Inspection pursuant to an act of March 4, 1915 (38 Stat. 1192), expanding inspection function to include entire locomotive engine and tender. Redesignated Bureau of Locomotive Inspection, October 17, 1917.

Division of Car Service established July 9, 1917, pursuant to the Esch Car Service Act (40 Stat. 101), May 29, 1917, to regulate railroad cars used in the transport of property. Redesignated Bureau of Car Service, October 17, 1917. Redesignated Bureau of Service, April 1920.

Bureaus of Safety, Locomotive Inspection, and Service consolidated to form Bureau of Safety and Service, June 1, 1954. Redesignated Bureau of Railroad Safety and Service in ICC reorganization, 1965. Transferred to DOT and consolidated into Bureau of Railroad Safety, FRA, 1967. See 398.1.

Section of Explosives established in Bureau of Service, April 1, 1925. Redesignated Explosives and Dangerous Articles Branch, Section of Railroad Safety, Bureau of Safety and Service, 1954. Transferred to Bureau of Operations and Compliance, as Section of Explosives and Dangerous Articles, 1965. Transferred to DOT and consolidated into Bureau of Railroad Safety, FRA, 1967. See 398.1.

Air transportation functions:

Federal Aviation Agency (FAA)

Aeronautics Branch established in Department of Commerce (DOC) by the Air Commerce Act of 1926 (44 Stat. 568), May 20, 1926. Redesignated Bureau of Air Commerce (BAC), July 1, 1934. Abolished by EO 7959, August 22, 1938, with functions transferred to Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA), established as an independent agency by the Civil Aeronautics Act (52 Stat. 973), June 23, 1938, to regulate civil aeronautics and to promote its development and safety. CAA abolished and superseded in DOC by Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and Civil Aeronautics Administration, pursuant to Reorganization Plans Nos. III and IV of 1940, effective June 30, 1940. Civil Aeronautics Administration abolished by the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 (72 Stat. 731), August 23, 1958, with functions transferred to FAA, established by same act. FAA transferred to DOT and redesignated Federal Aviation Administration, 1967. See 398.1.

Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB)

Air Regulations Division established in Aeronautics Branch, DOC, implementing the Air Commerce Act of 1926 (44 Stat. 568), May 20, 1926. Responsible for inspecting and registering aircraft, examining and licensing pilots, investigating air accidents, and enforcing air traffic rules. Redesignated Air Regulation Service, November 1929. Transferred to newly established BAC and redesignated Air Regulation Division, July 1, 1934. Abolished in BAC reorganization, April 1937, with functions divided among newly established Safety and Planning, Certificate and Inspection, and Regulation and Enforcement Divisions. BAC abolished by EO 7959, August 22, 1938, pursuant to establishment of CAA, June 23, 1938, with regulatory and investigative functions transferred to CAA and assigned respectively to newly established Bureau of Safety Regulation and Air Safety Board. Pursuant to abolition of CAA and establishment of CAB, effective June 30, 1940, Bureau of Safety Regulation and Air Safety Board functions transferred to CAB and assigned to newly established Safety Bureau. Safety Bureau abolished, with regulatory functions assigned to newly established Bureau of Safety Regulation and investigative functions to newly established Bureau of Safety Investigation, 1948. Consolidated as Bureau of Safety, CAB, 1957. Regulatory functions transferred to newly established Federal Aviation Agency (see above), 1958. Bureau of Safety transferred to DOT and assigned to newly established National Transportation Safety Board as Bureau of Aviation Safety, 1967. See 398.1.

Marine transportation functions:

Revenue Marine Division established in Department of the Treasury (DT), 1843, assuming from collectors of customs responsibility for supervision of DT revenue cutters. Abolished, with function reassumed by collectors of customs, 1849. New Revenue Marine Division established, 1871. Redesignated Revenue Cutter Service by an act of July 31, 1894 (28 Stat. 171). Merged with Life Saving Service, DT, to form United States Coast Guard (USCG), DT, 1915. See USCG below.

Established in Revenue Marine Division, DT, 1871. Placed under a general superintendent immediately responsible to Secretary of the Treasury by an act of June 18, 1878 (20 Stat. 163). Merged with Revenue Cutter Service to form USCG, DT, 1915. See USCG below.

United States Coast Guard

Established in DT by an act of January 28, 1915 (38 Stat. 800), merging Revenue Cutter and Life Saving Services. Acquired functions of abolished Bureau of Lighthouses, Department of Commerce (DOC), by Reorganization Plan No. II of 1939, effective July 1, 1939 (see below). By EO 9083, February 28, 1942, effective March 1, 1942, acquired functions of Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation relating to navigation, vessel inspection, and merchant seamen (see below). Transferred to DOT, acquiring in process the functions of the Great Lakes Pilotage Administration (see below) and Bureau of Customs functions relating to admeasurement and documentation of American vessels, 1967. See 398.1.

Responsibility for maintenance and operation of lighthouses initially vested in Secretary of the Treasury by an act of August 7, 1789 (1 Stat. 53). Responsibility for Lighthouse Service delegated to Commissioner of Revenue, 1792, and to Lighthouse Board, established in DT, October 9, 1852, by an act of August 31, 1852 (10 Stat. 119). Transferred to Department of Commerce and Labor (DOCL) by the Department of Commerce Act (32 Stat. 825), February 14, 1903. Superseded by Bureau of Lighthouses pursuant to an act of July 17, 1910 (36 Stat. 537). Assigned to DOC upon separation of DOC from DOCL by the Department of Commerce Act (37 Stat. 736), March 4, 1913. Abolished by Reorganization Plan No. II of 1939, effective July 1, 1939, with functions transferred to USCG, DT. See USCG above.

Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation

Steamboat Inspection Service (SIS) established in DT by the Steamboat Act (10 Stat. 61), August 30, 1852, to assume vessel inspection functions previously vested in U.S. district courts. Bureau of Navigation (BN) established in DT by an act of July 5, 1884 (23 Stat. 118) to consolidate the administration of all navigation laws except those relating to vessel inspection, lighthouses, lifesaving, and revenue collection. SIS and BN transferred to DOCL by the act creating the department (32 Stat. 825), February 14, 1903, and to newly established DOC by an act of March 4, 1913 (37 Stat. 736). Consolidated to form Bureau of Navigation and Steamboat Inspection by an appropriations act (47 Stat. 415), June 30, 1932, effective August 1, 1932. Redesignated Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation by an act of May 27, 1936 (49 Stat. 1380). Merchant vessel documentation functions transferred to Bureau of Customs, DT and functions relating to merchant vessel inspection, safety of life at sea, and merchant vessel personnel transferred to USCG (see above), DT, by EO 9083, February 28, 1942. Functional transfers made permanent and bureau abolished by Reorganization Plan No. III of 1946, effective July 16, 1946.

Great Lakes Pilotage Administration

Established in DOC to administer the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960 (74 Stat. 259), June 30, 1960. Transferred to DOT, 1967, and abolished, with functions transferred to USCG (see above). See 398.1.

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

Established as an independent agency by an act of May 13, 1954 (68 Stat. 92). Retained independent agency status under general direction and supervision of Secretary of Defense by EO 10534, June 9, 1954. Supervisory responsibility for completion of Saint Lawrence Seaway retained by Department of Defense, with all other supervisory functions transferred to Secretary of Commerce, by EO 10771, June 20, 1958. Transferred to DOT, 1967. See 398.1.

U.S. Shipping Board established January 30, 1917, pursuant to the Shipping Act (39 Stat. 729), September 7, 1916, to regulate commercial maritime carriers and trade practices, marine insurance, transfers of ship registry, and rates charged in interstate waterborne commerce. Abolished, effective March 2, 1934, with functions transferred to U.S. Shipping Board Bureau, DOC, by EO 6166, June 10, 1933. Abolished, with functions transferred to newly established U.S. Maritime Commission, by the Merchant Marine Act (49 Stat. 1985), June 29, 1936. Abolished, with functions divided between Maritime Administration (MA) in DOC, and Federal Maritime Board (FMB), by Reorganization Plan No. 21, effective May 24, 1950. FMB abolished, August 12, 1961, by Reorganization Plan No. 7 of 1961, with maritime subsidy functions assigned to MA. MA transferred to DOT by the Maritime Act of 1981 (95 Stat. 151), August 6, 1981. See 398.1.

Urban mass transit functions:

Urban Mass Transit Administration

Office of Transportation established in Housing and Home Finance Agency (HHFA), 1961, to administer mass transit demonstration project and loan program provisions of the Housing Act of 1961 (75 Stat. 149), June 30, 1961. HHFA abolished by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act (79 Stat. 669), September 9, 1965, with mass transportation functions transferred to HUD and assigned to newly established Urban Transportation Administration (UTA). UTA abolished, with all functions except grant-making authority for mass transportation research projects transferred to DOT and assigned to newly established Urban Mass Transportation Administration, by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1968, effective July 1, 1968. See 398.1. Redesignated Federal Transit Administration by an act of December 18, 1991 (105 Stat. 2088).

Transportation safety research functions:

Electronic Research Center

Established in Cambridge, MA, as a component of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), with responsibility for research in instrumentation, communications, data processing, navigation, guidance, and control, 1965. Assigned to Office of Advanced Research and Technology, NASA, 1966. Transferred to DOT, assigned to Office of the Under Secretary of Transportation, and redesignated Transportation Systems Center, July 1, 1970. See 398.1. Transferred to Office of the Assistant Secretary for Systems Development and Technology, 1973. Consolidated with Materials Transportation Bureau (see RG 467), by DOT Directive 1100.23A, Change 81, September 23, 1977, to form Research and Special Programs Directorate. Redesignated Research and Special Programs Administration by Change 96 to DOT Directive 1100.23A, April 27, 1978.

398.2.1 Records of the Office of the Under Secretary for
Transportation, Department of Commerce

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1961-67. General correspondence of the Office of Transportation Policy Development, 1958-67.

Related Records: Additional records of the Office of the Under Secretary for Transportation in RG 40, General Records of the Department of Commerce.

398.2.2 Records of the Office of the Secretary of Transportation

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1967-72, and, on microfilm, 1973-83 (607 rolls), with accompanying document lists, 1973-78. Subject files, 1971-75. Orders and notices, 1965-83. Records relating to the Secretary's travel, 1968-77. Records relating to the Secretary's speeches and appointments, 1965-76. Records relating to advisory and inter-agency committees, 1974-81. Records relating to the development of National Transportation Policy, Phase 1, 1989-90. Records relating to the development of National Transportation Policy, Phase 2, 1990-93. Records relating to departmental strategic planning, 1989-93. Records relating to the DOT 25th Anniversary Conference, May 13, 1992. Weekly reports to the Secretary from components of the Office of the Secretary and from DOT operating administrations ("Reports of Weekly Highlights"), 1967-77. Bi-weekly reports to the Secretary from components of the Office of the Secretary and from DOT operating administrations ("Reports of Bi-weekly Highlights"), 1977-79.

Machine-Readable Records: Index to memoranda and correspondence of the executive secretariat, 1979-91, with supporting documentation.

398.2.3 Records of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1966-71. Organization manual, 1968-81.

398.2.4 Records of the Office of Public Affairs

Textual Records: Press releases, 1982-85. Transportation News Digest, 1981-85.

398.3 Records of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy
and International Affairs

Textual Records: General files, 1966-67, 1970, 1974. Subject files, 1967-69.

Machine-Readable Records: Northeast Corridor Intercity Travel Study, 1969-71, with supporting documentation (5 data sets).

Finding Aids: National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.

398.4 Records of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Systems
Development and Technology

Textual Records: Records of the Office of University Research including research and development technical reports, 1973-83.

Related Records: Records of the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, 1965-93, in RG 467, Records of the Research and Special Programs Administration (Transportation).

398.5 Records of the Office of General Counsel

Textual Records: Records of the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation including general correspondence, 1967-74 and general legislative program files, 1967-84.

398.6 Video Recordings (General)
1975-79, 1990-92

DOT officials' news conferences and interviews, 1975-79 (23 items). Speech by President Jimmy Carter, February 24, 1977 (1 item). Interviews of First Lady Rosalynn Carter, December 11, 1977, and Assistant to the President Hamilton Jordan, August 2, 1978 (2 items). Feature story on railroads, December 14, 1978 (1 item). Conference on workforce diversity with Secretary Samuel K. Skinner, October 25, 1990 (1 item). National Transportation Policy (NTP) Phase 2 productions including "Moving America into the 21st Century," March 1990 "People . . . Mission . . . Organization . . . Launching Phase 2 of NTP," June 13, 1990 "Moving America Together into the 21st Century," June 13, 1990 "Transportation Opportunities, Organizational Challenges," April 11, 1991 and "The Future Starts Here," May 13, 1992 (17 items).

398.7 Sound Recordings (General)

Press conferences, briefings, speeches, and Congressional testimony of DOT officials, 1970-77 (257 items).

398.8 Machine-Readable Records (General)

Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
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This Web version is updated from time to time to include records processed since 1995.


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