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DOT – Working for You

From May 1-7, DOT is celebrating public service recognition week. Not only do we honor our employees for their dedication and service this week, but we also want to highlight the work we do to keep citizens safe and connected to their communities through our vast transportation system.

Many of us take transportation for granted. Our transportation system – cars, trains, buses, public transit, trucks, airplanes – gets us to work, delivers good and services, unites us with family and friends, connects people with opportunity, and ensures our country’s global competitiveness.

Updated: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Creation of Department of Transportation - Summary

FAA and the Department of Transportation Act

Prior to the creation of the Department of Transportation, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Transportation administered the functions now associated with the DOT. Although many realize the creation of the new Department was a legislative priority for President Lyndon Johnson, few know how much influence the head of the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) had on Johnson’s decision.

Updated: Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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