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DOT Organizations and FOIA Contacts

Chief FOIA Officer:  Judith S. Kaleta

The Department of Transportation (DOT) assists the consumer and business communities with all types of transportation. The major responsibilities for each office or administration are described below to help you in deciding which organization may have the records you are interested in. Please direct your request directly to appropriate organization.


Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST)

OST oversight of all DOT FOIA administrative matters; air carrier fitness; international air carrier agreements; airline consumer protection; air traveler complaints; civil rights matters (such as disadvantaged business enterprise certification decisions); alcohol and drug misuse policy in transportation systems; financial assistance and contracting opportunities for disadvantaged business enterprises.  The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (formerly RITA) is now part of OST, and includes the VOLPE National Transportation Systems Center, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Transportation Safety Institute, and the University Transportation Centers program.

OST FOIA Contact:

Kathy Ray
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
W94-122
Washington, DC 20590

Phone: (202) 366-4542
Fax: (202) 366-8536
Email: ost.foia@dot.gov

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

FAA air safety; certification of airmen; civil aviation security; air traffic control system; airspace and air traffic management; private launchings of rockets and satellites; air navigation aids.

FOIA Contact

Douglas C. Taylor, Ph.D
National FOIA Staff (AFN-140)
800 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20591

Email: 7-AWA-ARC-FOIA@faa.gov
Phone: (202) 267-9165
Fax: (202) 493-5032

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

FHWA works with states to build and maintain federal-aid highways; design and build highways on public lands; promote highway safety; conduct research and development relating to highway materials, safety, and construction.

FOIA Contact:

Manizheh Boehm
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
HCC-40
Email: foia.officer@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: (202) 366-0948
Fax: (202) 366-1938

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

FMSCA is responsible for truck and commercial passenger carrier (bus/motorcoach) safety. Includes motor carrier safety audits, vehicle inspections, rules and regulations, legislation, enforcement, information and data systems, commercial vehicle technology, partnerships, research, and safety action programs.

FOIA/PA Contact:

Tiffanie C. Coleman (MC-MMI)
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
W66-308
Washington, DC 20590

Email: foia@fmcsa.dot.gov
Phone: (202) 366-2960
Fax: (202) 366-3518


Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

FRA enforce rail safety regulations and statutes through routine inspections (sample of track, locomotives, rail cars, operating practices, signals and train control systems, and hazardous material shipments for compliance with Federal safety standards at high risk areas) and broader assessments; investigate and analyze accidents; manage state involvement in rail safety programs; and implement highway-rail grade crossing programs.

FOIA/PA Contact:

Denise Kollehlon
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Stop 10
Washington, DC 20590

Email: FRAFOIA@dot.gov
Phone: (202) 493-6039
Fax: (202) 493-6068


Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

FTA commuter rail; rural and urban public transportation; safety programs; state grants for use in public and private transportation; elderly and disabled assistance; technical assistance to states.

FOIA Contact:

Nancy Sipes
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
E42-315
Washington, DC 20590

Email: foia@fta.dot.gov

Phone: (202) 366-4022
Fax: (202) 366-7164


Inspector General (IG)

IG conducts audits, inspections, evaluations, and investigations of DOT programs and activities and related operations (such as contractors or grantees).

FOIA/PA Contact:

Angel Simmons
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
J-3
Washington, DC 20590

Phone: (202) 366-8751
Fax: (202) 366-1975


Maritime Administration (MARAD)

MARAD aid in development, promotion, and operation of the U.S. Merchant Marine; bilateral maritime agreements; subsidy programs; ship construction in U.S. and foreign shipyards; War Risk Insurance Program; use of ships for defense needs; sales to aliens and transfers to foreign registry of ships; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

FOIA Contact:

T. Mitchell Hudson
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
MAR-221
Washington, DC 20590

E-mail:  FOIA.MARAD@dot.gov

Phone: (202) 366-5181 or (202) 366-2666
Fax: (202) 366-7485


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

NHTSA motor vehicle and traffic safety programs; drunk drivers; safety belts; child safety seats; automatic crash protection (such as air bags); driver behavior; vehicle safety; crashworthiness of new cars; fuel economy; odometer fraud; and motor vehicle theft.

FOIA Address:

NHTSA Executive Secretariat
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
W41-307
Washington, DC 20590

Email: webmaster@nhtsa.dot.gov
Phone: (202) 366-1834
Fax: (202) 366-3820


Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

PHMSA hazardous materials transportation; pipeline transportation; training and technical assistance in transportation safety.

FOIA Contact:

Madeline Bush
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
PHC-30, E23-306
Washington, DC 20590

Phone: (202) 366-0273
Fax: (202) 366-7041


Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC)

SLSDC Joint operation of the seaway by United States and Canada.

FOIA/PA Contact:

Ian Serguson
Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.
Washington, DC  20590

Email: slsdc@dot.gov
Phone: (202) 366-6510
Fax: (202) 366-6448


Surface Transportation Board

The STB is an independent adjudicatory body administratively housed within the Department of Transportation, responsible for the economic regulation of interstate surface transportation, primarily railroads, within the United States. The STB's mission is to ensure that competitive, efficient, and safe transportation services are provided to meet the needs of shippers, receivers, and consumers.

FOIA Address:

Room 883, 1925 K Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20423

Phone: (202) 565-1710
Fax: (202) 565-9021

If you are not sure which organization to send your request to, please send it to the Office of the Secretary.

Updated: Monday, September 29, 2014