The Office of Transportation Policy is the office responsible for recommending overall surface transportation policy initiatives to the Secretary. The office coordinates multi-modal initiatives and processes, such as the development of DOT's proposed reauthorization language, and the coordination of the President's Executive Order on streamlining environmental reviews of transportation infrastructure.
The Office of Transportation Policy also reviews all proposed DOT rulemakings, legislation, testimony and reports to Congress. Additionally, the office is responsible for reviewing economic analyses of air safety regulations, reviewing airport infrastructure programs, and planning air freight policies.
How We're Organized
Within the Transportation Policy Office are three subordinate staff director offices:
The Office of the Chief Economist examines transportation policy issues from an economic perspective, conducts analyses of the economic effects of transportation policies, and designs more economically efficient policies. These analyses focus on the economic impact of transportation investments, strategies for using transportation infrastructure more efficiently, ways of increasing the economic efficiency of federal transportation programs, new ways of financing transportation infrastructure, and analyzing the costs and benefits of transportation rulemakings, in collaboration with the Office of Regulation (C-50) in the Office of the General Counsel.
Oversees USDOT policies for the Secretary of Transportation, coordinates strategic planning across the Department, and oversees performance-based policy, decision-making, and investment. The Office initiates and coordinates Secretarial policies on safety, energy and environment issues affecting all aspects of transportation and provides technical expertise on policy matters for the Department’s legislative, regulatory and research programs. The Office also conducts analyses and recommends policies for reducing transportation fatality and injury rates, increasing stewardship of the human and natural environment including air quality, water quality, and historic resources, and protecting environmental health while improving the transportation system.
The Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation is primarily responsible, in coordination with the Office of the Chief Economist, for providing policy direction related to the implementation of infrastructure grant programs, credit programs and regulations that impact infrastructure development and operation. The Office shall play the lead role in advising the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and the Under Secretary for Policy on the development of policies related to innovative finance and procurement.