This afternoon, we held the 43rd annual Secretary Awards ceremony at DOT Headquarters. It's our opportunity to honor the men and women across the country who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make the U.S. Department of Transportation and its many programs a success.
Over the last year, these are the folks who have been at the forefront of the Recovery Act, getting dollars out the door to rebuild roads and bridges while putting people back to work.
They're the ones helping to plan a national high-speed rail network that will transform the way Americans travel.
And they're the people who are implementing landmark safety regulations that make air travel safer and give consumers new protections when they fly.
I'm tremendously proud of everything the professionals at DOT have accomplished this year. And I know our best days are still ahead of us.
Secretary LaHood presents Toya Henry with a Team Award for the DOT Media Center.
As President Obama and Congress work together to pursue new infrastructure initiatives that will rebuild 150,000 miles of roadway, lay and maintain 4,000 miles of railway, and restore 150 miles of runways, our team is ready to handle the responsibility.
You know, on my way into the office each morning, the first thing I see is a plaque from the Partnership for Public Service. It recognizes the U.S. Department of Transportation as one of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" in 2010.
That's a testament to the men and women we're honoring today, as well as the thousands of other DOT workers who demonstrate excellence every day through their service.
So let me take this opportunity to offer a hearty congratulations to all of this year's award recipients, and a sincere thank you to everyone at the Department here in Washington and across the country. By working together, I know we'll continue achieving great things.