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Office of the Secretary FOIA Information

Submitting FOIA Requests

In recognition of the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America and following the Department’s guidance to take all necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of the Department’s  workforce, the FOIA team is working remotely and not able to process any requests mailed or faxed to the office.  Any requests received by mail or fax after Monday, March 16, 2020, may not be processed until employees are able to return safely to the office.   If you wish to resubmit your request, please send it to the following e-mail address:


Most Requested Pages

Contact Office of the Secretary (OST) FOIA Officials

FOIA Requester Service Center: (202) 366-4542

OST FOIA Officer:  Michael Bell (202) 366-5546

FOIA Public Liaison: Fern Kaufman (202) 366-8067

About Us

The Office of the Secretary (OST) formulates national transportation policy; prepares needed transportation legislation; helps negotiate and implement international transportation agreements; assures the fitness of U.S. airlines and enforces airline consumer protection regulations. It also issues regulations to prevent alcohol and illegal drug misuse in transportation systems; assures lack of discrimination against people with disabilities; promotes intermodal transportation; issues licenses for commercial expendable space launch vehicle operations and encourages minority enterprises in transportation.  The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (formerly RITA) is now part of OST, and includes the Volpe National Transportation Center, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and Transportation Safety Institute, and the University Transportation Centers program.

If you are looking for information that we may have on the matters described above, please send your request to the FOIA contact for the Office of the Secretary. If you are interested in information on other areas of transportation, you must direct your request to the Department of Transportation organization that may have those records. See our description of each organization and the list of FOIA contacts.

Last updated: Tuesday, March 31, 2020