President Donald J. Trump selects Elaine L. Chao as Secretary of Transportation. She is sworn in on January 31, 2017.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release May 13, 2016
NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY AND NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION WEEK, 2016
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
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.
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.
The Department of Transportation represents the combination of organizations in existence at the time of enactment of the DOT stature on August 15, 1966.
This document summarizes the origins the various organizations, agencies and offices of DOT and the paths by which it became one Department.