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Organizational Functions

The Office of Intelligence, Security, and Emergency Response provides intelligence, policy, emergency response, and exercise support to the Department of Transportation (DOT) to aid with decision making that enables the safe, secure, and resilient operations of the Nation’s transportation system and infrastructure.

Director / Deputy Director

The Office of the Director includes the administrative staff, continuity program staff, and a staff member assigned as the Senior DOT Liaison to the North American Aerospace Defense/United States Northern Command (NORAD/NORTHCOM) at Peterson Air Force Base, CO and a staff member assigned as the Senior DOT Liaison to the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) at Scott Air Force Base, IL.  

The Director serves as the Department’s Emergency Coordinator, providing leadership for all Departmental civil transportation intelligence issues, national security policy, and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities related to emergencies that affect the viability of the transportation sector.  The Director implements the Secretary’s delegated authority under the Defense Production Act, develops Departmental plans to support the Department of Defense (DoD) Civil Reserve Air Fleet program, and oversees the Department’s Sensitive Security Information Program.  As the DOT lead Federal Senior Intelligence Coordinator, the Director is the primary liaison to the U.S. Intelligence Community representing DOT intelligence needs and interests in meetings with the Director of National Intelligence and other U.S. Intelligence Community senior leaders.  The Director serves as the Continuity Coordinator, to ensure the Department can conduct its essential functions under all threats and conditions.

Intelligence Division

The Intelligence Division is responsible for providing all-source intelligence products to the Secretary and other DOT staff ensuring they are apprised of current developments and long-range trends in international terrorism; global and international topics concerning aviation, trade, transportation markets, trade agreements, and related topics in international cooperation and facilitation

Security Policy and Plans Division

The Security Policy and Plans Division supports DOT’s interests on national security policy issues by participating in Executive Office of the President/National Security Council and other interagency efforts to develop and implement national security policy.  These activities directly support various Presidential Directives, Executive Orders, national strategies and frameworks, and congressional mandates.  The Division also represents DOT’s as the co-Sector-Specific Agency with DHS for the Transportation Systems Sector to ensure unity of effort while coordinating the development of policy and strategy documents, interagency communications, and outreach to stakeholders.

Preparedness Division

The Preparedness Division leads the Departmental efforts to maintain a coordinated readiness posture to effectively and efficiently withstand and respond to any type of emergency or disruption.  The Division has two programs:  the international preparedness program; and the training and exercise program.

The international preparedness program represents the U.S. and DOT in international organizations and groups engaged in the development of civil emergency preparedness and response plans in the interest of national security and disaster preparedness.  

The training and exercise program represents and coordinates DOT participation in national, Federal, state, local, and private sector-sponsored exercises.  The program represents the Department’s equities during the national exercise planning and development process.

Response and Recovery Division

The Response and Recovery Division is responsible for coordinating the Department’s preparedness, response, and recovery activities during all-hazard incidents as the Emergency Support Function #1 - Transportation (ESF-1).  ESF-1 provides support to DHS by assisting Federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments, voluntary and nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector in the management of transportation systems and infrastructure during domestic threats or in response to incidents.  

Operations Division

The Operations Division consists of the Department’s Crisis Management Center (CMC), which monitors the Nation’s transportation systems and infrastructure 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The CMC is the central point for the Department’s interagency liaison and coordination with other Federal Operations centers.

Protective Service Division

Provides for the safety and security of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary, as directed.  The Division also performs other duties as assigned by the Director.


Last updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2018