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Federal Highway Administration. Founded on 3 October 1893 as the Office of Road Inquiry, a small office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Office of Road Inquiry was created to gather and disseminate information on road building. The office grew from just two employees to about 3,500 and its annual budget grew from $10,000 to more than $26 billion. The office is now known as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which was formed in 1967. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ctdiv/history.htm