U.S. Department of Transportation Invites the Public to Comment on the FY 2022-2026 DOT Strategic Framework
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT or Department) announced a Request for Comments (RFC). DOT is asking the public to help shape the Department’s goals and priorities as we work to transform the nation’s transportation system making it safer, more accessible, more reliable, and multi-modal, in order to increase economic strength, improve climate and equity outcomes, and build global competitiveness for the American people.
In particular, the recently-enacted Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides a historic opportunity to invest in our country and in our people by creating good-paying union jobs, tackling the climate crisis, and growing the economy sustainably and equitably for decades to come. DOT seeks to accomplish the Biden-Harris Administration’s goals by updating our Strategic Framework with the help of our stakeholders, including the American public. This Strategic Framework will help to guide all of DOT’s work, including its implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law over its five-year timeline.
The RFC provides the public a broad opportunity to consider and offer input to the draft DOT Strategic Framework as the Department develops its Fiscal Year 2022-2026 DOT Strategic Plan.
The draft DOT Strategic Framework reflects the Secretary's priorities for achieving DOT's mission through six strategic goals:
- Safety: Make our transportation system safer for all people. Work toward a future where transportation-related serious injuries and fatalities are eliminated.
- Economic Strength & Global Competitiveness: Grow an inclusive and sustainable economy. Invest in our transportation system to provide American workers and businesses reliable and efficient access to good-paying jobs, resources, and markets.
- Equity: Reduce inequities. Support and engage people and communities to promote safe, affordable, accessible, and multimodal access to opportunities and services while reducing transportation-related disparities, adverse community impacts, and health effects.
- Climate & Sustainability: Tackle the climate crisis by ensuring that transportation plays a central role in the solution. Substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transportation-related pollution and build more resilient and sustainable transportation systems to benefit and protect communities.
- Transformation: Design for the future. Invest in purpose-driven research and innovation to meet the challenge of the present and modernize a transportation system of the future that serves everyone today and in the decades to come.
- Organizational Excellence: Strengthen our world class organization. Advance the Department’s mission by establishing policies, processes, and an inclusive and innovative culture to effectively serve communities and responsibly steward the public's resources.
The RFC allows the public to review and comment on the draft DOT Strategic Framework – specifically the draft strategic goals and strategic objectives – and respond to the following questions:
- What strategies or priorities should DOT adopt to achieve the Department’s strategic goals and objectives?
- How should DOT measure progress towards those priorities?
- What emerging challenges or opportunities in transportation warrant additional DOT activities or investments?
- How can DOT best coordinate its activities with Federal, State, local, Tribal, labor, private sector, academic, non-profit, international and other partners?
- How can DOT best utilize additional programs and authorities in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to accomplish the goals laid out in the strategic plan?
The public comment period closes on December 17, 2021. Please see the Federal Register Notice for more information.