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FHWA Order 6030.1A
|Peer Exchange Policy for State Planning and Research|
|Classification Code||Date||Office of Primary Interest|
|6030.1A||July 14, 2010||HRTM-2|
What is the background of this directive? The use of peer exchanges was established to provide State DOT RD&T programs with the opportunity to examine and evaluate their own programs through a collaborative team of peers, experts, and persons involved in the process, where the exchange of vision, ideas, and best practices could be fostered to benefit both their program and the program of the peer team participants. The present revisions to the Guide for Peer Exchanges are the result of a joint FHWA and AASHTO Special Peer Exchange Task Force effort to improve the Peer Exchange process.
What authorities were used in writing this directive?
23 CFR 420.203
23 CFR 420.205(b)
23 CFR 420.209(a)(5)
23 CFR 420.209(a)(7)
Peer Exchange. A focused collaboration among transportation research colleagues through which a host State may find the means to restructure or merely fine tune research program processes.
Multi-state Peer Exchange. A Peer Exchange involving no more than three States.
Virtual Peer Exchange. A Peer Exchange conducted by Webinar, teleconference, or other electronic means.
What is FHWA's policy concerning Peer Exchange management? As specified in 23 CFR 420.209, dated July 18, 2002, a State must develop, establish, and implement a management process that identifies and results in implementation of RD&T activities expected to address high priority transportation issues. The State DOT's management process, including Peer Exchanges, is periodically reviewed by the applicable FHWA Division Administrator. Specific Peer Exchange management requirements for States are contained in the Guide for Peer Exchanges at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/spr/10048/.
Who has authority to approve Peer Exchanges? As stated in 23 CFR 420.209, dated July 18, 2002, the applicable FHWA Division Administrator has authority to approve State RD&T management programs.
Victor M. Mendez