Mission & Goals

Our mission is to protect people and the environment by advancing the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials that are essential to our daily lives. To do this, we establish national policy, set and enforce standards, educate, and conduct research to prevent incidents. We also prepare the public and first responders to reduce consequences if an incident does occur.

Our vision is to make PHMSA the most innovative transportation safety organization in the world.


    Agency Goals

OUR SAFETY GOALS contribute directly to helping achieve the Secretary’s goal—to improve public health and safety by reducing transportation-related deaths and injuries. We work to protect people wherever they might be.

By 2016, we aim to:

  • Reduce the number of pipeline incidents involving death or major injury to between 26-37 per year.
  • Reduce the number of hazardous materials incidents involving death or major injury to between 21-32 per year.

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS contribute to helping achieve the Secretary’s goal to advance environmentally sustainable policies and investments that reduce carbon and other harmful emissions from transportation sources. We protect the natural environment, focusing especially on unusually sensitive areas.

By 2016, we aim to:

  • Reduce the number of hazardous liquid pipeline spills with environmental consequences to between 65-81 per year.
  • Reduce the number of hazardous materials incidents with environmental damage to between 44-64 per year.

OUR GOALS FOR ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE contribute to the Secretary’s goal of a diverse and collaborative workforce that will help advance a transportation system to serve the Nation’s long-term social, economic, security, and environmental needs. 

By 2016, we aim to:

• Build a stronger safety culture in PHMSA by demonstrating a collective commitment to emphasize safety over competing goals and demands.

• Substantially improve the work environment and employee satisfaction in PHMSA – to better than the government-wide benchmark – as measured through the Employee Viewpoint Survey.

• Invest in our employees, with Individual Development Plans for every PHMSA employee and increased access to training and professional development.

OUR EFFORTS ALSO SUPPORT THE SECRETARY’S STRATEGIC GOALS for State of Good Repair, Economic Competitiveness, and Livable Communities. While most pipeline infrastructure in the U.S. is owned by the private sector or local utilities, our safety regulations help ensure that infrastructure is assessed regularly and maintained in good condition. Strong safety programs help get products to market with minimal disruption, and make communities safer and more livable at the same time.