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DOT Organizations and FOIA Contacts

The Department of Transportation (DOT) assists the consumer and business communities with all types of transportation. The major responsibilities for each office or administration are described below to help you in deciding which organization may have the records you are interested in. Please direct your request directly to the appropriate organization.

Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST)

OST oversight of all DOT FOIA administrative matters; air carrier fitness; international air carrier agreements; airline consumer protection; air traveler complaints; civil rights matters (such as disadvantaged business enterprise certification decisions); alcohol and drug misuse policy in transportation systems; financial assistance and contracting opportunities for disadvantaged business enterprises.  The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (formerly RITA) is now part of OST, and includes the VOLPE National Transportation Systems Center, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Transportation Safety Institute, and the University Transportation Centers program.

OST FOIA Contact:

Michael Bell
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590

Phone: (202) 366-4542 or (202) 366-5546
Fax: (202) 366-8536


Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

FAA air safety; certification of airmen; civil aviation security; air traffic control system; airspace and air traffic management; private launchings of rockets and satellites; air navigation aids.

FOIA Contact

Dedra Goodman
National FOIA Staff (AFN-400)
800 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20591


Phone: (202) 267-9165
Fax: (202) 493-5032

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

FHWA works with states to build and maintain federal-aid highways; design and build highways on public lands; promote highway safety; conduct research and development relating to highway materials, safety, and construction.

FOIA Contact:

Brian Brotsos
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
HATS; E66-338


Phone: (202) 366-9013
Fax: (202) 366-1027

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

FMCSA is responsible for truck and commercial passenger carrier (bus/motorcoach) safety. Includes motor carrier safety audits, vehicle inspections, rules and regulations, legislation, enforcement, information and data systems, commercial vehicle technology, partnerships, research, and safety action programs.

FOIA/PA Contact:

Jennifer Weatherly
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590


Phone: (202) 366-2960
Fax: (202) 366-3518

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

FRA enforce rail safety regulations and statutes through routine inspections (sample of track, locomotives, rail cars, operating practices, signals and train control systems, and hazardous material shipments for compliance with Federal safety standards at high risk areas) and broader assessments; investigate and analyze accidents; manage state involvement in rail safety programs; and implement highway-rail grade crossing programs.

FOIA/PA Contact:

William Brown
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Stop 10
Washington, DC 20590


Phone: (202) 493-6039
Fax: (202) 493-6068

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

FTA commuter rail; rural and urban public transportation; safety programs; state grants for use in public and private transportation; elderly and disabled assistance; technical assistance to states.

FOIA Contact:

Nancy Sipes
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590


Phone: (202) 366-2496
Fax: (202) 366-7164

Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (GLS)

GLS Joint operation of the seaway by United States and Canada.

FOIA/PA Contact:

Christina A. Weddle 
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.
Washington, DC  20590


Phone: (202) 366-8982
Fax: (202) 366-6448

Maritime Administration (MARAD)

MARAD aid in development, promotion, and operation of the U.S. Merchant Marine; bilateral maritime agreements; subsidy programs; ship construction in U.S. and foreign shipyards; War Risk Insurance Program; use of ships for defense needs; sales to aliens and transfers to foreign registry of ships; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

FOIA Contact:

T. Mitchell Hudson
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590


Phone: (202) 366-5181 or (202) 366-2666
Fax: (202) 366-7485

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

NHTSA motor vehicle and traffic safety programs; drunk drivers; safety belts; child safety seats; automatic crash protection (such as air bags); driver behavior; vehicle safety; crashworthiness of new cars; fuel economy; odometer fraud; and motor vehicle theft.

FOIA Address:

NHTSA Executive Secretariat
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590


Phone: (202) 366-1834
Fax: (202) 366-3820

Office of Inspector General (IG)

OIG conducts audits, inspections, evaluations, and investigations of DOT programs and activities and related operations (such as contractors or grantees).

FOIA/PA Contact:

Catherine Bell, Attorney-Advisor/FOIA Officer
Office of Inspector General (J-L)
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Room W73-425
Washington, DC 20590

Phone: (202) 366-1406
Fax: (202) 366-1975

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

PHMSA hazardous materials transportation; pipeline transportation; training and technical assistance in transportation safety.

FOIA Contact:

Dele Awoniyi
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
PHC-30, E26-205
Washington, DC 20590


Phone: (202) 366-4400
Fax: (202) 366-7041

If you are not sure which organization to send your request to, please send it to the Office of the Secretary.