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The Department of Transportation (DOT) was established by the Department of Transportation Act of October 15, 1966 for the purpose of developing national transportation policies and programs conducive to the provision of fast, safe and efficient transportation at the lowest cost. Among the activities of DOT are promoting international cooperation in transportation, fostering technological developments, and improving transportation safety.

Correspondents include President Richard M. Nixon, White House staffers Peter M. Flanigan, William Timmons, John D. Ehrlichman, Patrick E. O'Donnell, David Parker, and Egil Krogh, Jr., who left the White House in 1973 to become undersecretary of DOT. Other correspondents include John A. Volpe (Secretary of DOG 1969-1973), James Beggs of DOT, Claude Brinegar (Secretary of DOT 1973-1975).

The terms Executive and General precede each FG 25 file designation. The Executive file category includes correspondence from the President and administration officials regarding: legislation, reports, speeches. This category also covers the resignations of John Volpe and Egil Krogh, Jr. The General file category consists of correspondence with citizens, members of Congress, and members of the transportation industry. The files subdivided (/A) indicate career appointments, nominations, and resignations.

Topics in FG 25 include, but are not limited to, the 1970 "sick-out" by air traffic controllers, the 1970, 123-day West Coast dock strike, the Supersonic Transit Program, mass transit systems and funding, no-fault insurance, and Cabinet Committee on Modern Society.

The Staff Member and Office Files of Peter Flanigan, Egil Krogh, Jr., and John D. Ehrlichman may contain similar information as well as the following subject categories:

CA 1 Civil Aviation-Accidents
CA 2 Civil Aviation-Airports
CA 5 Civil Aviation-Safety
FA 4 Federal Aid-Transportation
IT 50-3 International-NATO/CCMS
JL 3-2 Judicial-Legal Matters-Hijacking Safety-Accident Prevention
TN 1 Transportation-Highways
TN 2 Transportation-Interurban
TN 4 Transportation-Railroads

FG 25 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

These files consist of correspondence, memoranda, press releases, and news articles regarding the roles of federal agencies in civil aviation, the DOT ABC Highway Program, budgetary appropriations, Penn Central Company, speaking engagements, the Supersonic Transport program, and Railpax.

FG 25-1 SECRETARY AND STAFF OFFICIALS

This category is empty except for one item.

FG 25-2 DEPUTY UNDER SECRETARY

This category is empty except for one item.

FG 25-3 ASSISTANT SECRETARIES

This category is empty except for one item.

FG 25-4 COAST GUARD, UNITED STATES

These files contain information concerning operational facilities at the Western White House, Hurricane Camille, National Safe Boating Week, Coast Guard social aide at the White House, oil spills and oil pollution, possible abolition of the Coast Guard Reserves, and letters about missing boaters.

FG 25-5 FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

This subject category concerns information pertaining to budget amendments, mandatory retirement for FAA pilots at age 60, Air Traffic Control Strike, hijacking deterrents, construction of new airports, and air pollution.

FG 25-6 FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION

Topics in these files include auto safety, size and weight bills on trucks and buses, and landscaping along federal highways.

FG 25-6-1 MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY, BUREAU OF

This category is empty except for one item.

FG 25-6-2 NATIONAL HIGHWAY SAFETY BUREAU

These files date only to 1971, when the National Highway Safety Bureau became the National Highway Safety Administration.

FG 25-6-3 PUBLIC ROADS, BUREAU OF

These files contain information about job appointments to the bureau.

FG 25-7 FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION

Topics here include Railpax legislation, Federal Railroad Administration meetings, Interagency Committee on Railroad Reorganization, and Transportation Regulatory Modernization, which is concerned with the debts incurred by the railroads.

FG 25-8 NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD

These materials consist of the 1968 Annual Report to Congress, sizes and weights of trucks, airbags in automobiles, and crash investigations are found in these files.

FG 25-9 ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

These files include information about the 10th Anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, as well as the Annual Report and a report of the debts incurred.

FG 25-10 URBAN MASS TRANSPORTATION ADMINISTRATION

Topics include funding for rapid rail projects, cities with subway systems, and correspondence with William Lear (inventor of the Lear Jet and 8-track cassette player) about possible development of a low pollution engine.

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