The Transportation Ministry was a Galactic Empire government department that operated on the planet Lothal several years before the Battle of Yavin. It maintained a headquarters in Lothal's Capital City. While searching the Imperial data network for Zare Leonis' missing sister Dhara Leonis, the young slicer Merei Spanjaf infiltrated the Transportation Ministry's headquarters disguised as a Phelarion School student doing fundraising. She managed to plant three snooper programs in the building which enabled her to hack into the entire Imperial data network on Lothal. Her mother Jessa Spanjaf was part of the data-security team sent to investigate the data breach.