The U.S. Department of State posts reports on all countries as well as travel warnings. The World Status Map is a monthly commercial publication summarizing current U.S. State Department Traveler Advisories.
In the United States, there are a number of regulations relating to travel and hospitality and the Department of Transportation (DOT) is the U.S. government agency to which Congress has assigned many functions which were formerly performed by the Civil Aeronautics Board. The functions of the Civil Aeronautics Board were transferred to the DOT by the Public Law 98-443 (October 4, 1984) the Sunset Act.
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is an independent adjudicatory body administratively charged with the economic regulation of United States interstate surface transportation. 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 and deals primarily, although not exclusively, with rail issues.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) deals with all modes of travel safety including aviation, highway, sea, and rail. The NTSB is charged with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States as well as all other significant accidents by rail, highway, and sea. Also the NTSB investigates all airline crashes in which a US manufactured aircraft is involved. From this investigation the NTSB determines the probable cause of the accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responsible for reducing the number of deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. The NHTSA sets and enforces safety performance standards for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment. The NHTSA also gives grants to state and local governments for the implementation of effective local highway safety programs.
As a preventative measure for the protection of private transportation services, in 1987, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued charter service rules to prevent public intrusion into private markets, and to make it possible for the private sector to utilize public transit resources to meet market needs. FTA seeks to ensure that the special needs of the community for transportation are met by either the public or private providers.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) promotes safe, environmentally sound, successful railroad transportation by developing policies and seeking investment in the infrastructure and technology for the rail system.
Previously a division of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) main function is to prevent commercial motor vehicle fatalities and injuries. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ensures enforcement of safety regulations, especially for high risk carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers; and to improve safety information systems and commercial motor vehicle technologies; develop commercial motor vehicle equipment and operating standards; and the promotion of safety awareness.