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Frequently asked questions

Secretary of Transportation


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Secretary of Transportation sets the priorities and direction of the Department; they are the chief representative of the organization to the public, press, Congress; and they manage relationships with the White House. The Secretary leads the Department's efforts on research and development of new transportation technologies, in addition to working with Congress, state representatives, and the President to implement transportation-related policies and initiatives.




Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation With direction from the Secretary, the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology sets a research agenda and manages research along with the operating administrations. There is an opportunity for the Assistant Secretary to lead efforts to push the Operating Administrations to shift from more traditional research areas such as pavement and bridge structure, to more cutting edge research. There is an opportunity to leverage their bully pulpit to push the Transportation Research Board to also shift to focusing on frontier R&D. The Assistant Secretary could also restructure the Bureau of Transportation Statistics to measure areas more relevant to DOT priorities.




Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology


Noncareer Appointment The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology ensures that research, development, and technology activities across DOT and 40 University Transportation Centers (UTC) are fully aligned with DOT’s areas of interest. The Deputy Assistant Secretary manages DOT’s spectrum interests, including GPS and 5.9 GHz band. The Deputy Assistant Secretary guides the administration’s research and technology priorities related to transportation.




Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)


The BTS Director acts as the senior advisor to the Secretary of Transportation on data and statistics on commercial aviation, multimodal freight activity, and transportation economics. The BTS Director leads the agency’s efforts on statistics of movement including aviation and freight.




Undersecretary For Transportation Policy


The Undersecretary for Transportation Policy helps the Secretary set priorities. The Undersecretary for Transportation Policy oversees the Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology as well as several other key offices, such as the policy office, which coordinate the Secretary’s priorities across the Department including automation, connected vehicles, and data.




Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The FAA Administrator oversees all FAA functions as well as aviation research and development and next generation air traffic control systems. The Administrator also oversees items related to the construction and operation of airports, certification of personnel and aircraft, and the protection of U.S. assets involved in the launch or re-entry of space vehicles.





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