RITA becomes Office of Research and Technology
Today, I want to share news of a big change at DOT's Research and Innovative Technology Administration: as part of the Omnibus bill President Obama signed into law earlier this month, RITA was elevated into the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology.
While our name has changed, our mission remains the same. And now that we have been integrated into what we at DOT call OST--the Office of the Secretary of Transportation--we hope to have even more opportunities to collaborate with all modes of transportation on research, innovation, and technology.
What does the change mean for transportation research and technology?
By integrating the talented people of RITA into OST--and having me report directly to the Secretary--we are elevating research, innovation, and technology to the most prominent level in the Department. We are making it absolutely clear to the American people that we are data-driven in everything we do, and that we are continuously looking for ways to be more innovative and effective.
When Secretary Foxx outlined his priorities at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting earlier in January, he talked about the importance of good research and good planning in helping us stretch our infrastructure dollars further so that we can ensure that our transportation system can meet the challenges and demands of the 21st century.
Elevating RITA into the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology is an important element in helping the Department achieve that vision.
Greg Winfree is the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology.