Guide to Federal Records

General Records of the Department of Transportation [DOT]


(Record Group 398)
1958-92

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 398.1 Administrative History
  • 398.2 General Records of the Department of Transportation 1958-79
    • 398.2.1 Records of the Office of the Under Secretary for Transportation, Department of Commerce
    • 398.2.2 Records of the Office of the Secretary of Transportation
    • 398.2.3 Records of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration
    • 398.2.4 Records of the Office of Public Affairs
  • 398.3 Records of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs 1969-74
  • 398.4 Records of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Systems Development and Technology 1973-83
  • 398.5 Records of the Office of General Counsel 1967-74
  • 398.6 Video Recordings (General) 1975-79, 1990-92
  • 398.7 Sound Recordings (General) 1970-77
  • 398.8 Machine-Readable Records (General)

398.1 Administrative History

Established: By the Department of Transportation Act (80 Stat. 931), October 15, 1966, consolidating highway, rail, air, and marine transportation functions previously vested in Departments of Commerce, the Treasury, and the Interior; Interstate Commerce Commission; Civil Aeronautics Board; Federal Aviation Agency; and Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Became operational April 1, 1967. Acquired urban mass transit functions from Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1968. Acquired Electronic Research Center (transportation safety research) from National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1970. Acquired Maritime Administration from Department of Commerce, 1981.

Predecessor Agencies:
  • Office of the Under Secretary for Transportation, Department of Commerce (DOC, 1950-67)
Highway transportation functions:
  • Office of Road Inquiry, Department of Agriculture (DOA, 1893-99)
  • Office of Public Road Inquiries, DOA (1899-1905)
  • Office of Public Roads, DOA (1905-15)
  • Office of Public Roads and Rural Engineering, DOA (1915-18)
  • Bureau of Public Roads, DOA (1918-39)
  • Public Roads Administration, Federal Works Agency (1939-49)
  • Bureau of Public Roads, General Services Administration (1949)
  • Bureau of Public Roads, DOC (1949-67)
  • Bureau of Motor Carriers, Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC, 1935-65)
  • Section of Motor Carrier Safety, Bureau of Operations and Compliance, ICC (1965-67)
  • National Traffic Safety Agency, DOC (1966-67)
  • National Highway Safety Agency, DOC (1966-67)
Rail transportation functions:
  • Office of High-Speed Ground Transportation, DOC (1965-67)
  • Alaska Engineering Commission (1914-15)
  • Alaska Engineering Commission, Department of the Interior (DOI, 1915-23)
  • The Alaska Railroad, DOI (1923-67)
  • Office of the Secretary, ICC (1893-1911)
  • Division of Safety Appliances, ICC (1911-14)
  • Division of Safety, ICC (1914-17)
  • Bureau of Safety, ICC (1917-54, to Bureau of Safety and Service)
  • Division of Locomotive Boiler Inspection, ICC (1911-15)
  • Division of Locomotive Inspection, ICC (1915-17)
  • Bureau of Locomotive Inspection, ICC (1917-54, to Bureau of Safety and Service)
  • Division of Car Service, ICC (1917)
  • Bureau of Car Service, ICC (1917-20)
  • Bureau of Service, ICC (1920-54, to Bureau of Safety and Service)
  • Bureau of Safety and Service, ICC (1954-65)
  • Bureau of Railroad Safety and Service, ICC (1965-67)
  • Section of Explosives, Bureau of Service, ICC (1925-34)
  • Explosives and Dangerous Articles Branch, Section of Railroad Safety, Bureau of Safety and Service, ICC (1954-65)
  • Section of Explosives and Dangerous Articles, Bureau of Operations and Compliance, ICC (1965-67)
Air transportation functions:
  • Aeronautics Branch, DOC (1926-34)
  • Bureau of Air Commerce, DOC (1934-38)
  • Civil Aeronautics Authority (1938-40)
  • Civil Aeronautics Administration, DOC (1940-58, to Federal Aviation Agency, FAA)
  • Civil Aeronautics Board (safety regulatory functions only, 1940- 58, to FAA)
  • Federal Aviation Agency (1958-67)
  • Air Regulations Division, Aeronautics Branch (AB), DOC (1926-29)
  • Air Regulation Service, AB, DOC (1929-34)
  • Air Regulation Division, Bureau of Air Commerce (BAC), DOC (1934- 37, to Safety and Planning Division, Certificate and Inspection Division, and Regulation and Enforcement Division)
  • Safety and Planning Division, BAC, DOC (1937-38, to Civil Aeronautics Authority, CAA)
  • Certificate and Inspection Division, BAC, DOC (1937-38, to CAA)
  • Regulation and Enforcement Division, BAC, DOC (1937-38, to CAA)
  • Bureau of Safety Regulation, CAA (1938-40, to Safety Bureau, Civil Aeronautics Board, CAB)
  • Air Safety Board, CAA (1938-40, to Safety Bureau, CAB)
  • Safety Bureau, CAB (1940-48, to Bureau of Safety Regulation and Bureau of Safety Investigation)
  • Bureau of Safety Regulation, CAB (1948-57, to Bureau of Safety)
  • Bureau of Safety Investigation, CAB (1948-57, to Bureau of Safety)
  • Bureau of Safety, CAB (1957-67)
Marine transportation functions:
  • Revenue Marine Division, Department of the Treasury (DT, 1843-49, 1871-94) Revenue Cutter Service, DT (1894-1915, to United States Coast Guard, USCG)
  • Life Saving Service, Revenue Marine Division, DT (1871-78)
  • Life Saving Service, DT (1878-1915, to USCG)
  • United States Coast Guard, DT (1915-67)
  • Lighthouse Service, DT (1792-1852)
  • Lighthouse Board, DT (1852-1903)
  • Lighthouse Board, Department of Commerce and Labor (DOCL, 1903- 10)
  • Bureau of Lighthouses, DOCL (1910-13)
  • Bureau of Lighthouses, DOC (1913-39, to USCG)
  • Steamboat Inspection Service, DT (1852-1903)
  • Steamboat Inspection Service, DOCL (1903-13)
  • Steamboat Inspection Service, DOC (1913-32, to Bureau of Navigation and Steamboat Inspection)
  • Bureau of Navigation, DT (1884-1903)
  • Bureau of Navigation, DOCL (1903-13)
  • Bureau of Navigation, DOC (1913-32, to Bureau of Navigation and Steamboat Inspection)
  • Bureau of Navigation and Steamboat Inspection, DOC (1932-36)
  • Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, DOC (1936-42, to Bureau of Customs and USCG)
  • Bureau of Customs, DT (vessel documentation only, 1942-67, to USCG)
  • Great Lakes Pilotage Administration, DOC (1960-67)
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (1954-67)
  • U.S. Shipping Board (1917-34)
  • U.S. Shipping Board Bureau, DOC (1934-36)
  • U.S. Maritime Commission (1936-50)
  • Federal Maritime Board (1950-61, maritime subsidy functions to Maritime Administration)
  • Maritime Administration, DOC (1950-81)
Urban mass transit functions:
  • Office of Transportation, Housing and Home Finance Agency (1961-65)
  • Urban Transportation Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development (1965-68)
Transportation safety research functions:
  • Electronic Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, 1965-66)
  • Electronic Research Center, Office of Advanced Research and Technology, NASA (1966-70)

Functions: Establishes national transportation policies affecting highways, railroads, urban mass transit systems, and aviation. Develops and enforces safety regulations for highways, waterways, ports, and oil and gas pipelines. Administers United States Coast Guard, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Maritime Administration, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, and Research and Special Programs Administration.

Administered National Transportation Safety Board until it was designated an independent agency, effective April 1, 1975, by the Independent Safety Board Act of 1974 (88 Stat. 2166), January 3, 1975.

Administered The Alaska Railroad until it was transferred to the State of Alaska, January 5, 1985, pursuant to the Alaska Railroad Transfer Act of 1982 (96 Stat. 2556), January 14, 1983.

Related Records:
Record copies of publications of the Department of Transportation in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.
Records of the U.S. Coast Guard, RG 26.
Records of the Bureau of Public Roads, RG 30.
General Records of the Department of Commerce, RG 40.
Records of the Interstate Commerce Commission, RG 134.
Records of the Civil Aeronautics Board, RG 197.
Records of the Federal Aviation Administration, RG 237.
Records of The Alaska Railroad, RG 322.
Records of the Maritime Administration, RG 357.
Records of the Federal Railroad Administration, RG 399.
Records of the Federal Highway Administration, RG 406.
Records of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, RG 416.
Records of the Research and Special Programs Administration (Transportation), RG 467.

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398.2 General Records of the Department of Transportation
1958-79

History: Office of the Under Secretary for Transportation established in Department of Commerce by Department Order 128, November 20, 1950, with supervisory responsibility over transportation functions exercised by various departmental components. Abolished, effective April 1, 1967, by Amendment 2 to Department Order 83, April 10, 1967, with functions transferred to newly established DOT, and assigned to Office of the Secretary of Transportation. See 398.1.

Highway transportation functions:

Bureau of Public Roads

Office of Road Inquiry established in Department of Agriculture (DOA), October 3, 1893, by the Agricultural Appropriation Act (27 Stat. 737), March 3, 1893. Redesignated Office of Public Road Inquiries, 1899. Consolidated with Division of Tests in Bureau of Chemistry, DOA, to form Office of Public Roads, effective July 1, 1905, by the Agricultural Appropriation Act (33 Stat. 882), March 3, 1905. Further consolidated with Drainage Division and Irrigation Division of Office of Experiment Stations, DOA, acquiring also farm architectural functions of Office of Farm Management Investigations, to form Office of Public Roads and Rural Engineering, by the Agricultural Appropriation Act (38 Stat. 1110), March 4, 1915. Redesignated Bureau of Public Roads, retroactive to July 1, 1918, by the Agricultural Appropriation Act (40 Stat. 1000), October 1, 1918. Transferred to Federal Works Agency by Reorganization Plan No. I of 1939, effective July 1, 1939, and redesignated Public Roads Administration. Transferred to General Services Administration, July 1, 1949, by the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act (63 Stat. 380), June 30, 1949, and redesignated Bureau of Public Roads. Transferred to Department of Commerce (DOC) by Reorganization Plan No. 7 of 1949, effective August 20, 1949. Transferred to DOT and assigned to Federal Highway Administration (FHA), 1967. See 398.1. Functions absorbed by FHA, August 10, 1970.

Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC)

Bureau of Motor Carriers established to administer provisions of the Motor Carrier Act (49 Stat. 543), August 9, 1935. Redesignated Section of Motor Carrier Safety in newly established Bureau of Operations and Compliance as part of an ICC reorganization, 1965. Transferred to DOT and assigned to FHA as Bureau of Motor Carrier Safety, 1967. See 398.1.

National Traffic Safety Agency

National Highway Safety Agency

Concurrently established in Office of the Under Secretary for Transportation, DOC, by the Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the National Highway Safety Act (80 Stat. 718 and 80 Stat. 731), September 9, 1966. Concurrently transferred to DOT and assigned to newly established FHA, 1967. See 398.1. Consolidated to form National Highway Safety Bureau, FHA, by EO 11357, June 6, 1967. Designated an autonomous operating unit of DOT, March 22, 1970. Abolished, with functions transferred to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, DOT, by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 (84 Stat. 1739), December 31, 1970.

Rail transportation functions:

Office of High-Speed Ground Transportation

Established in Department of Commerce (DOC) to administer an act mandating a study of high-speed ground transportation (79 Stat. 893), September 30, 1965. Transferred to DOT and assigned to Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), 1967. See 398.1. Terminated, with functions transferred to newly established Office of the Associate Administrator for Research, Development, and Demonstrations, FRA, 1972.

The Alaska Railroad

Construction and operation of railroad in Territory of Alaska authorized by the Alaska Railroad Act (38 Stat. 305), March 12, 1914, which further directed the President to appoint an Alaska Engineering Commission to supervise construction. Commission placed under Department of the Interior (DOI) by EO 2129, January 26, 1915. DOI authorized to operate railroad by EO 3861, June 8, 1923. Construction completed and railroad opened, July 15, 1923, with operating responsibility vested in Alaska Railroad Commission. Redesignated The Alaska Railroad by Secretary's Order, August 15, 1923. Transferred to Division of Territories and Island Possessions, DOI, by Secretary's Order 1040, February 13, 1936. Transferred to Office of Territories (successor to Office of Territories and Island Possessions), DOI, by Administrative Order 2577, July 28, 1950. Acquired independent status within DOI by manual release, December 16, 1959. Transferred to DOT and assigned to FRA, 1967. See 398.1. Transferred to State of Alaska, 1985.

Interstate Commerce Commission

Office of the Secretary made responsible for issuing and enforcing safety regulations for specified types of railroad equipment by the Safety Appliance Act of 1893 (27 Stat. 531), March 2, 1893. Functions transferred to newly established Division of Safety Appliances, July 1, 1911. Redesignated Division of Safety, 1914. Redesignated Bureau of Safety, October 17, 1917.

Division of Locomotive Boiler Inspection established July 1, 1911, to administer provisions of an act of February 17, 1911 (36 Stat. 913), requiring inspection of locomotive boilers. Redesignated Division of Locomotive Inspection pursuant to an act of March 4, 1915 (38 Stat. 1192), expanding inspection function to include entire locomotive engine and tender. Redesignated Bureau of Locomotive Inspection, October 17, 1917.

Division of Car Service established July 9, 1917, pursuant to the Esch Car Service Act (40 Stat. 101), May 29, 1917, to regulate railroad cars used in the transport of property. Redesignated Bureau of Car Service, October 17, 1917. Redesignated Bureau of Service, April 1920.

Bureaus of Safety, Locomotive Inspection, and Service consolidated to form Bureau of Safety and Service, June 1, 1954. Redesignated Bureau of Railroad Safety and Service in ICC reorganization, 1965. Transferred to DOT and consolidated into Bureau of Railroad Safety, FRA, 1967. See 398.1.

Section of Explosives established in Bureau of Service, April 1, 1925. Redesignated Explosives and Dangerous Articles Branch, Section of Railroad Safety, Bureau of Safety and Service, 1954. Transferred to Bureau of Operations and Compliance, as Section of Explosives and Dangerous Articles, 1965. Transferred to DOT and consolidated into Bureau of Railroad Safety, FRA, 1967. See 398.1.

Air transportation functions:

Federal Aviation Agency (FAA)

Aeronautics Branch established in Department of Commerce (DOC) by the Air Commerce Act of 1926 (44 Stat. 568), May 20, 1926. Redesignated Bureau of Air Commerce (BAC), July 1, 1934. Abolished by EO 7959, August 22, 1938, with functions transferred to Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA), established as an independent agency by the Civil Aeronautics Act (52 Stat. 973), June 23, 1938, to regulate civil aeronautics and to promote its development and safety. CAA abolished and superseded in DOC by Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and Civil Aeronautics Administration, pursuant to Reorganization Plans Nos. III and IV of 1940, effective June 30, 1940. Civil Aeronautics Administration abolished by the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 (72 Stat. 731), August 23, 1958, with functions transferred to FAA, established by same act. FAA transferred to DOT and redesignated Federal Aviation Administration, 1967. See 398.1.

Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB)

Air Regulations Division established in Aeronautics Branch, DOC, implementing the Air Commerce Act of 1926 (44 Stat. 568), May 20, 1926. Responsible for inspecting and registering aircraft, examining and licensing pilots, investigating air accidents, and enforcing air traffic rules. Redesignated Air Regulation Service, November 1929. Transferred to newly established BAC and redesignated Air Regulation Division, July 1, 1934. Abolished in BAC reorganization, April 1937, with functions divided among newly established Safety and Planning, Certificate and Inspection, and Regulation and Enforcement Divisions. BAC abolished by EO 7959, August 22, 1938, pursuant to establishment of CAA, June 23, 1938, with regulatory and investigative functions transferred to CAA and assigned respectively to newly established Bureau of Safety Regulation and Air Safety Board. Pursuant to abolition of CAA and establishment of CAB, effective June 30, 1940, Bureau of Safety Regulation and Air Safety Board functions transferred to CAB and assigned to newly established Safety Bureau. Safety Bureau abolished, with regulatory functions assigned to newly established Bureau of Safety Regulation and investigative functions to newly established Bureau of Safety Investigation, 1948. Consolidated as Bureau of Safety, CAB, 1957. Regulatory functions transferred to newly established Federal Aviation Agency (see above), 1958. Bureau of Safety transferred to DOT and assigned to newly established National Transportation Safety Board as Bureau of Aviation Safety, 1967. See 398.1.

Marine transportation functions:

Revenue Cutter Service

Revenue Marine Division established in Department of the Treasury (DT), 1843, assuming from collectors of customs responsibility for supervision of DT revenue cutters. Abolished, with function reassumed by collectors of customs, 1849. New Revenue Marine Division established, 1871. Redesignated Revenue Cutter Service by an act of July 31, 1894 (28 Stat. 171). Merged with Life Saving Service, DT, to form United States Coast Guard (USCG), DT, 1915. See USCG below.

Life Saving Service

Established in Revenue Marine Division, DT, 1871. Placed under a general superintendent immediately responsible to Secretary of the Treasury by an act of June 18, 1878 (20 Stat. 163). Merged with Revenue Cutter Service to form USCG, DT, 1915. See USCG below.

United States Coast Guard

Established in DT by an act of January 28, 1915 (38 Stat. 800), merging Revenue Cutter and Life Saving Services. Acquired functions of abolished Bureau of Lighthouses, Department of Commerce (DOC), by Reorganization Plan No. II of 1939, effective July 1, 1939 (see below). By EO 9083, February 28, 1942, effective March 1, 1942, acquired functions of Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation relating to navigation, vessel inspection, and merchant seamen (see below). Transferred to DOT, acquiring in process the functions of the Great Lakes Pilotage Administration (see below) and Bureau of Customs functions relating to admeasurement and documentation of American vessels, 1967. See 398.1.

Bureau of Lighthouses

Responsibility for maintenance and operation of lighthouses initially vested in Secretary of the Treasury by an act of August 7, 1789 (1 Stat. 53). Responsibility for Lighthouse Service delegated to Commissioner of Revenue, 1792, and to Lighthouse Board, established in DT, October 9, 1852, by an act of August 31, 1852 (10 Stat. 119). Transferred to Department of Commerce and Labor (DOCL) by the Department of Commerce Act (32 Stat. 825), February 14, 1903. Superseded by Bureau of Lighthouses pursuant to an act of July 17, 1910 (36 Stat. 537). Assigned to DOC upon separation of DOC from DOCL by the Department of Commerce Act (37 Stat. 736), March 4, 1913. Abolished by Reorganization Plan No. II of 1939, effective July 1, 1939, with functions transferred to USCG, DT. See USCG above.

Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation

Steamboat Inspection Service (SIS) established in DT by the Steamboat Act (10 Stat. 61), August 30, 1852, to assume vessel inspection functions previously vested in U.S. district courts. Bureau of Navigation (BN) established in DT by an act of July 5, 1884 (23 Stat. 118) to consolidate the administration of all navigation laws except those relating to vessel inspection, lighthouses, lifesaving, and revenue collection. SIS and BN transferred to DOCL by the act creating the department (32 Stat. 825), February 14, 1903, and to newly established DOC by an act of March 4, 1913 (37 Stat. 736). Consolidated to form Bureau of Navigation and Steamboat Inspection by an appropriations act (47 Stat. 415), June 30, 1932, effective August 1, 1932. Redesignated Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation by an act of May 27, 1936 (49 Stat. 1380). Merchant vessel documentation functions transferred to Bureau of Customs, DT; and functions relating to merchant vessel inspection, safety of life at sea, and merchant vessel personnel transferred to USCG (see above), DT, by EO 9083, February 28, 1942. Functional transfers made permanent and bureau abolished by Reorganization Plan No. III of 1946, effective July 16, 1946.

Great Lakes Pilotage Administration

Established in DOC to administer the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960 (74 Stat. 259), June 30, 1960. Transferred to DOT, 1967, and abolished, with functions transferred to USCG (see above). See 398.1.

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

Established as an independent agency by an act of May 13, 1954 (68 Stat. 92). Retained independent agency status under general direction and supervision of Secretary of Defense by EO 10534, June 9, 1954. Supervisory responsibility for completion of Saint Lawrence Seaway retained by Department of Defense, with all other supervisory functions transferred to Secretary of Commerce, by EO 10771, June 20, 1958. Transferred to DOT, 1967. See 398.1.

Maritime Administration

U.S. Shipping Board established January 30, 1917, pursuant to the Shipping Act (39 Stat. 729), September 7, 1916, to regulate commercial maritime carriers and trade practices, marine insurance, transfers of ship registry, and rates charged in interstate waterborne commerce. Abolished, effective March 2, 1934, with functions transferred to U.S. Shipping Board Bureau, DOC, by EO 6166, June 10, 1933. Abolished, with functions transferred to newly established U.S. Maritime Commission, by the Merchant Marine Act (49 Stat. 1985), June 29, 1936. Abolished, with functions divided between Maritime Administration (MA) in DOC, and Federal Maritime Board (FMB), by Reorganization Plan No. 21, effective May 24, 1950. FMB abolished, August 12, 1961, by Reorganization Plan No. 7 of 1961, with maritime subsidy functions assigned to MA. MA transferred to DOT by the Maritime Act of 1981 (95 Stat. 151), August 6, 1981. See 398.1.

Urban mass transit functions:

Urban Mass Transit Administration

Office of Transportation established in Housing and Home Finance Agency (HHFA), 1961, to administer mass transit demonstration project and loan program provisions of the Housing Act of 1961 (75 Stat. 149), June 30, 1961. HHFA abolished by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act (79 Stat. 669), September 9, 1965, with mass transportation functions transferred to HUD and assigned to newly established Urban Transportation Administration (UTA). UTA abolished, with all functions except grant-making authority for mass transportation research projects transferred to DOT and assigned to newly established Urban Mass Transportation Administration, by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1968, effective July 1, 1968. See 398.1. Redesignated Federal Transit Administration by an act of December 18, 1991 (105 Stat. 2088).

Transportation safety research functions:

Electronic Research Center

Established in Cambridge, MA, as a component of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), with responsibility for research in instrumentation, communications, data processing, navigation, guidance, and control, 1965. Assigned to Office of Advanced Research and Technology, NASA, 1966. Transferred to DOT, assigned to Office of the Under Secretary of Transportation, and redesignated Transportation Systems Center, July 1, 1970. See 398.1. Transferred to Office of the Assistant Secretary for Systems Development and Technology, 1973. Consolidated with Materials Transportation Bureau (see RG 467), by DOT Directive 1100.23A, Change 81, September 23, 1977, to form Research and Special Programs Directorate. Redesignated Research and Special Programs Administration by Change 96 to DOT Directive 1100.23A, April 27, 1978.

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398.2.1 Records of the Office of the Under Secretary for
Transportation, Department of Commerce

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1961-67. General correspondence of the Office of Transportation Policy Development, 1958-67.

Related Records: Additional records of the Office of the Under Secretary for Transportation in RG 40, General Records of the Department of Commerce.

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398.2.2 Records of the Office of the Secretary of Transportation

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1967-72, and, on microfilm, 1973-83 (607 rolls), with accompanying document lists, 1973-78. Subject files, 1971-75. Orders and notices, 1965-83. Records relating to the Secretary's travel, 1968-77. Records relating to the Secretary's speeches and appointments, 1965-76. Records relating to advisory and inter-agency committees, 1974-81. Records relating to the development of National Transportation Policy, Phase 1, 1989-90. Records relating to the development of National Transportation Policy, Phase 2, 1990-93. Records relating to departmental strategic planning, 1989-93. Records relating to the DOT 25th Anniversary Conference, May 13, 1992. Weekly reports to the Secretary from components of the Office of the Secretary and from DOT operating administrations ("Reports of Weekly Highlights"), 1967-77. Bi-weekly reports to the Secretary from components of the Office of the Secretary and from DOT operating administrations ("Reports of Bi-weekly Highlights"), 1977-79.

Machine-Readable Records: Index to memoranda and correspondence of the executive secretariat, 1979-91, with supporting documentation.

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398.2.3 Records of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for
Administration

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1966-71. Organization manual, 1968-81.

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398.2.4 Records of the Office of Public Affairs

Textual Records: Press releases, 1982-85. Transportation News Digest, 1981-85.

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398.3 Records of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy
and International Affairs
1969-74

Textual Records: General files, 1966-67, 1970, 1974. Subject files, 1967-69.

Machine-Readable Records: Northeast Corridor Intercity Travel Study, 1969-71, with supporting documentation (5 data sets).

Finding Aids: National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.

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398.4 Records of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Systems
Development and Technology
1973-83

Textual Records: Records of the Office of University Research including research and development technical reports, 1973-83.

Related Records: Records of the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, 1965-93, in RG 467, Records of the Research and Special Programs Administration (Transportation).

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398.5 Records of the Office of General Counsel
1967-74

Textual Records: Records of the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation including general correspondence, 1967-74; and general legislative program files, 1967-84.

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398.6 Video Recordings (General)
1975-79, 1990-92

DOT officials' news conferences and interviews, 1975-79 (23 items). Speech by President Jimmy Carter, February 24, 1977 (1 item). Interviews of First Lady Rosalynn Carter, December 11, 1977, and Assistant to the President Hamilton Jordan, August 2, 1978 (2 items). Feature story on railroads, December 14, 1978 (1 item). Conference on workforce diversity with Secretary Samuel K. Skinner, October 25, 1990 (1 item). National Transportation Policy (NTP) Phase 2 productions including "Moving America into the 21st Century," March 1990; "People . . . Mission . . . Organization . . . Launching Phase 2 of NTP," June 13, 1990; "Moving America Together into the 21st Century," June 13, 1990; "Transportation Opportunities, Organizational Challenges," April 11, 1991; and "The Future Starts Here," May 13, 1992 (17 items).

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398.7 Sound Recordings (General)
1970-77

Press conferences, briefings, speeches, and Congressional testimony of DOT officials, 1970-77 (257 items).

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398.8 Machine-Readable Records (General)

See under 398.2.2 and 398.3.


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