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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ORGANIZATION MANUAL
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ORGANIZATION MANUAL
FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION

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FHWA ORGANIZATION CHART

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Effective August 15, 2016

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FIGURE 1-1

* The Office of the Administrator includes the Administrator, Deputy Administrator, and the Executive Director. The Office of Innovative Program Delivery, Directors of Field Services (DFS), Office of Technical Services (OTS), and the Executive Secretariat are extensions of the Executive Director's office. The DFSs provide administrative supervision and leadership on strategic initiatives to their constituent Federal-aid division offices. The OTS is responsible for the Resource Center and the National Highway Institute.

** The Intelligent Transportation Systems/Joint Program Office (ITS/JPO), which has a departmentwide role and authority for coordinating ITS program activities and initiatives, is organizationally located within FHWA. The Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology has primary responsibility for the strategic oversight and direction of the ITS/JPO, including but not limited to, providing policy guidance for ITS programs and activities and coordinating ITS research within the Department. The FHWA Administrator is responsible for ensuring the continuing availability of professional, technical, and administrative services to support the ITS/JPO.

FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATOR

  1. MISSION: The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) mission is to improve mobility on our Nation's highways through national leadership, innovation, and program delivery. The FHWA's vision is that our Agency and our transportation system are the best in the world. Toward this end, FHWA administers programs to:

    1. preserve, improve, and expand the surface transportation system and enhance its operations, efficiency, and intermodal integration;

    2. provide innovative and effective research and development, market and implement this technology, and promote innovative program delivery;

    3. provide oversight and accountability for public resources and ensure appropriate uniformity;

    4. provide for efficient freight and passenger mobility to strengthen economic and social linkages;

    5. protect and enhance the environment; and

    6. improve highway-related aspects of surface transportation safety in coordination with the other U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) operating administrations.

  2. FUNCTIONS: The Administrator, assisted by the Deputy Administrator, and Executive Director, provides executive direction over the various FHWA Headquarters and field organizations and is directly accountable to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Transportation for accomplishing the Agency's mission, and supporting the Secretary's goals and objectives. A brief description follows regarding other key offices/positions within the Office of the Administrator.

    1. The Intelligent Transportation Systems/Joint Program Office (ITS/JPO) has a departmentwide role and authority for coordinating ITS program activities and initiatives. The Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology has primary responsibility for the strategic oversight and direction of the ITS/JPO, including, but not limited to, providing policy guidance for ITS programs and activities and coordinating ITS research within DOT. The FHWA Administrator is responsible for ensuring the continuing availability of professional, technical, and administrative services within, or subject to the direction of the FHWA, to support the ITS/JPO. [COMING SOON – UPDATES TO REFLECT THE FAST ACT].

    2. The Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovative Act/Joint Program Office (TIFIA/JPO) has a departmentwide role for administering the Federal credit program authorized by TIFIA. The Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs and Chief Financial Officer (OST/B1) currently has primary responsibility for the strategic oversight and direction of the TIFIA/ JPO. The FHWA Administrator is currently responsible for ensuring the continuing availability of professional, technical, and administrative services within, or subject to the direction of the FHWA, to support the TIFIA/JPO. [COMING SOON – UPDATES TO REFLECT THE FAST ACT].

    3. The Executive Director's office includes the Directors of Field Services (DFS), Office of Technical Services, Office of Innovative Program Delivery, and the Executive Secretariat.

      1. (1) The DFSs (North, South, Mid-America, and West) provide supervision and leadership on strategic initiatives to their constituent Federal-aid division offices. In addition:

        1. (a) The DFSs coordinate and assist FHWA offices with implementing the Agency’s programs with the State and local governments and our industry partners. The DFSs also oversee the Program Management Improvement Team responsible for improving FHWA’s ability to efficiently and effectively administer the Federal-aid highway program by ensuring program stewardship and oversight; advancing corporate business practices in the areas of performance management and risk management; increasing the use of data and information for decisionmaking; and improving operational efficiency.

        2. (b) At least one DFS is designated to serve as the DOT Regional Emergency Transportation Coordinator (RETCO) for DOT Region V, and in that capacity supports DOT crisis planning, training, and response programs.

      2. (2) The Chief Technical Services Officer (CTSO)provides executive direction over the activities of the following organizational elements:

        1. (a) The Resource Center (RC) supports FHWA Headquarters and field offices throughout the country. The RC does not exercise program control or approval. Services provided to the division offices include: leadership on strategic initiatives; expert assistance on technical, process, and program issues; training; and technology transfer. Also, the RC supports Headquarters offices with technology and innovation deployment, Agency initiatives, and policy development. The RC has offices in five locations: Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; Lakewood, Colorado; Matteson, Illinois; and San Francisco, California.

        2. (b) The National Highway Institute (NHI) serves the national transportation community by providing training resources to customers and partners. The NHI also develops relationships with transportation professionals around the world and has three goals: 1) training the current and future transportation workforce; 2) transferring knowledge quickly and effectively to and among transportation professionals; and 3) providing training that addresses the full life cycle of the highway transportation system.

      3. (3) The Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) provides executive direction over the activities of the following organizational elements:

        1. (a) The Center for Innovative Finance Support (CIFS) provides resources and technical expert assistance which support the program and division offices to maximize success on complex projects. Works in concert to identify and coordinate innovative financing for transportation projects in support of the Build America Transportation Investment Center and the National Surface Transportation and Innovation Finance Bureau. Provides leadership, direction, consulting services, and executive coordination to advance consideration, and where appropriate, implementation of innovative financing and program/project delivery mechanisms by State, local, and regional transportation jurisdictions. Provides single-point access for the Agency's partners and stakeholders as well as for FHWA’s internal offices.

        2. (b) The Center for Accelerating Innovation (CAI) develops and maintains a national infrastructure for innovation deployment. Provides leadership in facilitating the rapid deployment of innovation into the highway community, based on the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative (as codified in the FAST Act). Provides oversight of the State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) national innovation network developed by FHWA and its State partners. Provides a focal point for coordination of internal and external efforts to identify, prioritize and select innovations advanced under EDC. Provides outreach and support for ongoing, State-based innovation deployment efforts.

        3. (c) The Center for Transportation Workforce Development (CTWD) provides national leadership, coordination, and direction over multiple programs (Transportation Partnership Programs, e.g., regional workforce centers, Universities and Grants Program) and activities that focus on developing transportation workforce related partnerships with academia, industry and the transportation community to develop policies and programs that will effectively address transportation workforce needs. Provides leadership and direction in the administration of a variety of programs and activities that focus on the development of the current and future transportation workforce. Manages a variety of legislated programs and serves as a focus on external workforce development activities across the transportation community.

        4. (d) The Center for Local-Aid Support (CLAS) provides national leadership and direction over multiple programs and activities that focus on Local-Aid Support in the deployment and delivery of emerging and advanced innovations and technologies and innovation activities across the transportation community. Provides training, technical assistance, and technology transfer services to local roads agencies, partners, and stakeholders across the U.S. Provides leadership in the administration of a variety of programs and activities that focus on improving local roads and Agency partners’ abilities to address local needs of program and initiatives. Develops cross-cutting strategies and initiatives to enhance and improve the quality of the Agency’s innovation dissemination in support of local communities, tribes, and FLMA in the administration of Local-Aid Projects and Programs. Administers Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) networks.

      4. (4) The Executive Secretariat provides guidance to Agency offices on correspondence matters and serves as the central clearing point for written communications, documents, and action assignments directed to or issued by the Office of the Administrator. This office plans and administers a system for expediting, controlling, and coordinating written communications and action assignments to and from the Administrator, the Deputy Administrator, and the Executive Director.

  3. ORGANIZATION.

    1. HEADQUARTERS. Headquarters provides policy and overall program direction to the Agency. The Headquarters organization is comprised of the Office of the Administrator, Office of the Chief Counsel, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Innovative Program Delivery, and 10 Associate Administrator offices: Planning, Environment, and Realty; Infrastructure; Operations; Safety; Federal Lands Highway (FLH); Policy and Governmental Affairs; Public Affairs; Civil Rights; Research, Development, and Technology; and Administration.

    2. FIELD. The field organization delivers program services to FHWA's partners and customers. This organization consists of State-level Federal-aid division offices, and FLH divisions.

      1. (1) Federal-aid Division Offices. The Federal-aid division offices provide front line Federal-aid program delivery assistance to partners and customers in highway transportation and safety services, including but not limited to: planning and research; preliminary engineering services; technology transfer; right-of-way; bridge; highway safety; traffic operations; environment; civil rights; design construction and maintenance; engineering coordination; highway beautification; and administration. Each of the 52 division offices (one in each State, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico) is located in the same city as the State DOT, which is usually the State capital. In addition, jointly with the Federal Transit Administration, FHWA operates four metropolitan offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; and Los Angeles, California, which are extensions of the respective division offices. These offices provide assistance, guidance, and information regarding Federal transportation programs to local, State, and other Federal agencies in these metropolitan areas.

      2. (2) Federal Lands Highway Divisions. The FLH divisions, which report to the Headquarters Office of FLH, administer the following Federal Lands and Tribal Transportation Programs nationwide: Federal Lands Transportation Program; Federal Lands Access Program; Tribal Transportation Program; Defense Access Roads Program; Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects Program; and the Emergency Relief Program on Federally-Owned Roads. The FLH divisions also provide engineering related services to other Federal agencies; FHWA offices; and foreign countries as directed; and carry out technology and training activities related to FLH projects. There are three FLH divisions (Eastern, Central, and Western) located in Sterling, Virginia; Lakewood, Colorado; and Vancouver, Washington, respectively. The Division Director for the Central Federal Lands Highway Division is appointed as the RETCO for DOT Region VIII.


ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT, AND REALTY

  1. MISSION: Advances natural and human environmental stewardship and streamlining; comprehensive international, interstate, State, metropolitan, and multimodal planning; and fair and prudent acquisition and management of real property.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Advocacy: Serves as Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) advocate and national leader for natural and human environmental stewardship and streamlining; comprehensive transportation planning; livability and community initiatives; and fair and prudent acquisition and management of real property.

    2. Strategic Planning and Quality: Develops and implements action/business plan initiatives for environment, planning, and real estate services to advance the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and FHWA strategic goals and objectives. Initiates quality self-assessments, program evaluations, and system and process improvements to continually improve the quality of the Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty's programs, products, and services.

    3. Legislation, Regulations, Policy, and Guidance: Develops legislative recommendations and administers statutory provisions relating to environment, planning, and realty under Federal environmental laws (e.g., the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act), Title 23 of the United States Code (U.S.C.), the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended (Uniform Act), and the Highway Beautification Act of 1965. Develops regulations, policies, and guidance for these laws. Carries out these functions in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and other Federal agencies, as well as FHWA field offices and other FHWA headquarters offices.

    4. Technical Assistance and Training: Develops and disseminates technical and guidance materials, develops and updates training courses, and provides specialized training and program assistance to FHWA partners and field offices in the areas of planning, environment, and realty. Coordinates such activities with the National Highway Institute and the FHWA Resource Center.

    5. Research and Innovation Deployment: Identifies and conducts research in the areas of planning, environment, and realty to advance the "state-of-the-art." Designs and implements programs which deploy new models, practices, and technologies to continuously advance the "state‑of‑the-best-practice" industrywide.

    6. Customer Outreach and Consultation: Seeks the views and needs of FHWA's customers, partners, and field offices on environmental, planning, and realty matters, and uses that information in carrying out office functions.

    7. Monitoring and Evaluation: Monitors and evaluates the performance of FHWA's environmental, planning, and realty programs, and uses the results to improve program performance.

    8. Lead Agency for the Uniform Act: Serves as Lead Agency for the Federal Government for the Uniform Act. Advises on legislative changes to the Uniform Act. Provides Uniform Act training, advice, and technical assistance to other Federal agencies. Develops and maintains Uniform Act regulations and guidance.

    9. Federal-aid Discretionary Programs: Establishes uniform requirements and eligibility policies for the following discretionary programs: Scenic Byways, Delta Region Transportation Development, Coordinated Border Infrastructure, and Transportation Community and System Preservation (TCSP). Provides for the selection of projects for discretionary funding.

    10. Livability and Community Initiatives: Serves as the FHWA focal point for addressing livability and developing programs and processes to support livability and community initiatives. Serves as the primary location in FHWA for effective techniques and strategies to improve livability and land use considerations in the transportation planning, project development, and implementation processes, and to expand transportation options.

    11. Climate Change and Sustainable Transportation: Serves as the FHWA focal point for addressing climate change and sustainable transportation issues. Establishes policies and guidelines and promotes successful approaches for transportation agencies to address greenhouse gas reduction from the transportation sector, and sustainability.

    12. Finance: Promotes sound financial planning in conjunction with the Title 23 U.S.C. statewide and metropolitan planning processes. Promotes public‑private partnerships and innovative finance principles in the Border Transportation Program.

    13. Prior Concurrences: Provides prior concurrences on final environmental impact statements, Section 4(f) of the NEPA statements, and related actions for projects that are highly controversial or involve issues of national significance.

  3. The Associate Administrator for Planning, Environment, and Realty provides executive direction over the activities of the following organizational elements:

    1. Office of Planning
    2. Office of Human Environment
    3. Office of Natural Environment
    4. Office of Project Development and Environmental Review
    5. Office of Real Estate Services


OFFICE OF PLANNING

  1. MISSION: Advances multimodal/intermodal statewide and metropolitan transportation planning throughout FHWA and with FHWA partners and customers; promotes integrated systemwide and performance-based transportation planning; and advances interstate and international transportation planning.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Advocacy: Serves as FHWA's principal advocate for statewide and metropolitan planning, systemwide planning, and performance-based transportation planning throughout FHWA and with FHWA partners and customers.

    2. Strategic Planning and Quality: Develops and implements initiatives to advance DOT and FHWA strategic goals and objectives through comprehensive transportation planning. Initiates quality self-assessments, program evaluations, and system and process improvements to continually improve the quality of the office's programs, products, and services.

    3. Outreach and Consultation: Consults with FHWA’s partners, customers, field offices, and other headquarters offices in advancing planning goals.

    4. Program Evaluation: In cooperation with FTA, evaluates planning processes and uses results in program administration.

    5. Planning Process: Proposes, develops, and implements regulations, guidance, and procedures in conjunction with FTA and other Federal agencies for implementing the transportation planning program required by Title 23 U.S.C.

    6. Planning Process Certification: Provides direction to FHWA and FTA field staff on the conduct of planning process certifications. Provides advice to FHWA management on decisions regarding certification actions.

    7. Planning Grant Administration: Administers and monitors the use of Title 23 U.S.C. funds for planning. Coordinates with FTA in the implementation of Consolidated Planning Grants.

    8. Planning Research: Develops proposed planning and related research proposals as part of comprehensive planning research. Assists with the administration of in-house and contract research programs in support of metropolitan and statewide planning programs.

    9. System and Performance-Based Planning: Provides training, guidance, and assistance in the area of system and performance-based planning, with the mission of ensuring individual projects/project phases included in the Transportation Improvement Program/Statewide Transportation Improvement Program reflect a “transportation investment commitment.” Leads the collaborative process in coordination with DOT agencies (FTA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)) between State DOTs, metropolitan planning organizations, public transportation operators, non‑metropolitan local officials, Indian Tribal Governments, Federal land management agencies, and the various “interested parties,” defined in law, to ensure that livability considerations are included in all modes of transportation, all assets, and financial resources, as well as anticipating needs in the transportation decisionmaking process.

    10. Planning Models and Technical Tools: In partnership with the FHWA Resource Center and division offices, develops and provides technical planning methodologies and training on the use of planning methodologies to customers and stakeholders. Develops new or advanced methodologies and, in cooperation with field units, deploys advanced planning methodologies, including the Transportation Analysis and Simulation System.

    11. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications: Leads efforts to develop and support application of GIS technology and spatial data for transportation planning, transportation conformity analyses, environmental processes, and system evaluation/performance management.

    12. Border Planning: Serves as the focal point for FHWA in coordinating border planning activities between the United States and Mexico and the United States and Canada. Provides support to committees and working groups designed to coordinate border planning activities. Works with the General Services Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies to jointly plan and coordinate infrastructure improvements at international land borders.

    13. National and International Planning: Oversees congressional and special studies and planning applications for interstate and international planning activities.

    14. Native American Planning: Serves as the focal point for Native American planning and coordination in the development and implementation of transportation plans and programs.

    15. Public Involvement in Planning: Promotes citizen participation in transportation planning. Serves as the focal point in FHWA for effective techniques and strategies to improve citizen participation in planning. Develops training courses, publications, and conferences to improve citizen participation in transportation planning.

    16. Congestion Management: Jointly with the Office of Operations and the FTA, oversees the congestion management process provisions of Title 23 U.S.C.

    17. Training: Develops and provides training courses for transportation planning. Coordinates with FHWA’s National Highway Institute, the National Transit Institute, and other training institutions and programs. Provides for the identification, training, and utilization of FHWA field personnel as trainers for conveying the program of courses.

    18. Regulatory Development: Provides overall staff direction, coordination, and support for planning-related regulations, utilizing, as appropriate, the technical expertise of staff in other offices. Coordinates regulatory development with other DOT operating administrations and appropriate Federal agencies outside of DOT.

    19. Legislative Coordination: Conducts legislative reviews relating to planning. Initiates and develops planning-related legislative proposals and coordinates with the Office of Chief Counsel. Provides technical assistance to congressional offices and staff, coordinates testimony, and develops briefing materials for FHWA executives.

    20. Service: Provides support and assistance to FHWA headquarters and field offices in matters relating to planning.

    21. Presidential Permits: Serves as the FHWA focal point on coordination and review of Presidential Permits and provides technical assistance on requests from division offices.

    22. Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS)/Linear Reference System Data: Leads reviews of linear reference system data submitted by the States through HPMS.



OFFICE OF HUMAN ENVIRONMENT

  1. MISSION: Advances the human environment throughout FHWA and with FHWA partners and customers; develops, markets, and implements research in planning, environment, and realty; and implements human environment and related programs through effective program management and administration, and project solicitation, selection, and funding.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Advocacy: Serves as FHWA's principal advocate for the human environment, including the advancement of livability programs and the administration of Federal systems, planning research, and human environment-related formula and discretionary programs.

    2. Strategic Planning and Quality: Develops and implements action/business plan initiatives in the advancement of DOT and FHWA strategic goals and objectives related to the human environment.

    3. Outreach and Consultation: Consults with other FHWA offices, other Federal agencies, stakeholders, partners, and customers regarding the human environment.

    4. Program Evaluation: Evaluates human environment and uses results in program administration and policy development, and recognizes and promotes best practices.

    5. Training and Program Assistance: Develops and updates training courses, and provides training, guidance, and assistance in the area of human environment.

    6. Interstate, National Highway, and Other System Modifications: Develops policies and administers procedures and standards for modification of the Interstate, the National Highway System (NHS) and NHS connectors, and the Strategic Highway Network (STRAHNET) and STRAHNET connectors.

    7. Livability/Smart Growth/Land Use: Serves as the Agency focal point for addressing livability and developing programs and processes to support livability and community initiatives. Employs strong coordination with the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) and the other DOT operating administrations to meet livability’s growing and diverse needs and goals. Serves as the focal group for the Agency to meet the strategic objectives of the DOT, Housing and Urban Development, and EPA partnership, as well as other DOT agencies (FTA, FAA, and FRA), other Federal agencies, FHWA offices, and other appropriate public and private stakeholders. Coordinates with other FHWA offices on effective techniques and strategies to improve land use considerations in transportation planning and project development and implementation processes, and to expand transportation options. Identifies and develops technical tools for assessing the relationship between land use and transportation investments. Identifies, develops, and implements guidance and procedures for integrating land use with transportation decisionmaking and for increasing transportation options.

    8. Human Environment and Related Program Administration: Develops and administers policies, regulations, procedures, and guidelines, and provides financial management and oversight to implement the following human environment and related programs: TCSP, National Scenic Byways Program, Delta Region Transportation Development Program, Coordinated Border Infrastructure Program, and economic development initiatives.

    9. National Defense: In cooperation with the Department of Defense Military Traffic Management Command, evaluates changes to STRAHNET and STRAHNET connectors.

    10. Research and Innovation Deployment: Administers the Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty's research program. Leads implementation of the Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program. Identifies and carries out research and innovation deployment for planning, environment, and realty. Provides marketing and outreach for research products to program partners, the transportation industry, other stakeholders, and the public to maximize return on investment and research effectiveness.

    11. Legislative Coordination: Conducts legislative reviews relating to the human environment and related programs. Initiates and develops legislative proposals and coordinates with the Office of Chief Counsel and other FHWA offices, as appropriate. Provides technical assistance to congressional offices and staff, coordinates testimony, and develops briefing materials for FHWA executives.

    12. Service: Provides support and assistance to FHWA headquarters and field offices in matters relating to the human environment and related programs.

    13. Federal-aid Program Administration: Develops specific FHWA policies, regulations, procedures, and guidelines related to bicycling and pedestrian and other nonmotorized transportation, recreational trails, transportation enhancements, and other areas as designated. Provides authoritative agencywide oversight and interagency coordination under the following sections of Title 23 U.S.C.: 101(a)(35) and 133(b)(8), (d)(2), and (e)(5); 104(h) and 206; and 109(m) and 217. Works with FHWA division offices and other partners to resolve eligibility issues.

    14. DOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager: Supports OST on walking and bicycling policy and facilitates departmentwide bicycle and pedestrian programs and activities.

    15. Community Impacts:Provides guidance and tools for assessing the cumulative social, economic, and environmental impacts of transportation plans and programs on a systems basis. Promotes utilization of such information and analyses in all phases of transportation decisionmaking.

    16. Nondiscrimination: Provides guidance and assistance to FHWA field offices in support of nondiscrimination statutes and executive orders in all office functions in coordination with the Office of Civil Rights as appropriate. Develops training courses, publications, and other approaches to promote nondiscrimination in program functions. Works with FHWA field offices to identify and avoid potential concerns or complaints.

    17. Economic Development: Directs research into and provides guidance and technical assistance on the local and regional economic development impacts of highway projects.



OFFICE OF NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

  1. MISSION: Protects and enhances the natural environment through FHWA programs and activities.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Advocacy: Serves as FHWA's principal advocate for minimizing the adverse impact of transportation on the natural environment; interfaces with other DOT operating administrations and other FHWA offices, other Federal agencies, and partners and stakeholders on legislation, policies, regulations, and administrative procedures related to the natural environment, climate change, and sustainability.

    2. Strategic Planning and Quality: Develops and implements action/business plan initiatives in the advancement of DOT and FHWA strategic goals and objectives. Initiates quality self-assessments and process improvements to continually improve the natural environment. Provides guidance to FHWA field and headquarters offices on measuring progress in meeting natural environmental, climate change, and sustainability goals. Assists in the utilization of business metrics.

    3. Outreach and Consultation: Consults with FHWA headquarters and field offices, partners, stakeholders, and customers to advance natural environmental, climate change, and sustainability goals. Provides agencywide expert professional review, comment, advice, and oversight to, and maintains close relationships with other FHWA offices, State highway agencies, other Federal and State agencies, environmental organizations, the general public, and international organizations.

    4. Program Evaluation: Evaluates environmental programs and processes, and uses results in program administration.

    5. Process Management: Provides training, guidance, and assistance on programs, policies, and processes to meet natural environmental goals. Convenes national conferences, workshops, and other events, jointly with EPA, FTA, and other Federal agencies, to explore issues and disseminate information.

    6. Legislation: Reviews or initiates legislative changes to the Clean Air Act and other Federal environmental laws affecting transportation. Represents FHWA in Federal interagency work groups developing legislative proposals relating to transportation and the natural environment, climate change, and sustainability. Provides technical assistance to the Congress on the transportation impacts on the natural environment, climate change, and sustainability legislation being considered by Congress.

    7. Policies, Regulations, Procedures, and Guidelines: Develops specific FHWA policies, regulations, procedures, and guidelines in the following areas:

      1. (1) highway traffic noise,
      2. (2) air quality and air quality conformity,
      3. (3) global climate change,
      4. (4) sustainable transportation, and
      5. (5) hazardous waste and brownfields.

    8. Clean Air Act: Effectively implements highway-related Clean Air Act requirements, including the Transportation Air Quality Conformity process, sanctions limitations, and integrates transportation and air quality planning activities.

    9. Title 23 U.S.C. Environmental Funding Programs: Provides policy guidance and agencywide oversight for Title 23 U.S.C. environmental funding program on Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality.

    10. Climate Change: Serves as the focal point for FHWA in addressing how the transportation system is contributing to climate change and how climate change is impacting transportation infrastructure and operations. Establishes policies, provides guidance and best practice tools, and promotes successful approaches for transportation agencies to address greenhouse gas reduction from the transportation sector and mitigation of future climate change impacts on transportation infrastructure.

    11. Sustainable Transportation: Serves as FHWA’s principal advocate and focal point for sustainable transportation systems and sustainable highways. Develops guidance on incorporating economic, environmental, and social equity considerations in planning, development, design, materials choice, and implementation and maintenance of FHWA projects or programs.

    12. Environmental Research: Identifies and carries out comprehensive research program to address natural environmental issues related to the transportation program.

    13. Technical Tools and Training: Develops and distributes technical manuals, computer programs, case studies, technical advisories, audiovisual materials, and special reports related to the natural environment, climate change, and sustainable transportation. Develops and provides training on natural environment programs, climate change, and sustainable transportation and activities.


OFFICE OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

  1. MISSION: Advances environmental stewardship and streamlining for FHWA funded projects through application of NEPA principles and the NEPA process.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Advocacy: Serves as FHWA's principal advocate for the improvement of transportation and environmental decisionmaking through application of NEPA principles and the NEPA process at the project level.

    2. Strategic Planning and Quality: Develops and implements action/business plan initiatives to use the NEPA process to advance DOT and FHWA strategic goals and objectives. Initiates quality self-assessments, program evaluations, and system and process improvements to continually improve FHWA's management of the NEPA process.

    3. Outreach and Consultation: Consults with FHWA partners, customers, and field units to more effectively use NEPA principles and the NEPA process to advance FHWA's goals.

    4. Program Evaluation: Evaluates FHWA's management of the NEPA and project development process, and uses results in program administration.

    5. NEPA: Develops Agency regulations, policies, standards, and guidelines to comply with the Council of Environmental Quality regulations for implementing the NEPA; Title 23 U.S.C. §109(h), 128, and 138; Title 49 U.S.C. §303, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Clean Water Act and other related laws, regulations, and Executive Orders.

    6. Environmental Streamlining: Develops and promotes programmatic and project level approaches to accelerate, enhance, and integrate environmental decisionmaking in transportation planning, programming, and the project development process. Establishes national goals, objectives, and priorities for interagency environmental coordination, the use of cooperating agencies, early resolution of conflicts, and "one stop" environmental processing during project development.

    7. Prior Concurrence: Provides headquarters' prior concurrence for FHWA approval of final environmental impact statements and/or NEPA Section 4(f) evaluations for designated national interest projects.

    8. Environmental Dispute Resolution: Provides assistance in identifying and resolving environmental disputes involving projects in the NEPA process.

    9. Interagency Environmental Coordination: Performs interagency environmental coordination with other Federal agencies including DOT entities, the Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service, EPA, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Department of Agriculture on: (1) specific highway projects to resolve conflicts and/or expedite development and decisionmaking, and (2) policy, regulatory, and/or operational issues to unify and integrate Federal coordination and decisionmaking relating to funding, permits, land transfers, and other Federal actions or approvals.

    10. Tribal Coordination: Develops policies and guidelines and provides advice on coordinating with tribes during the NEPA/project development process.

    11. Public Involvement: Establishes policies and guidelines and promotes successful approaches for engaging citizens in project level public involvement activities.

    12. Environmental Process Pilots: Establishes and supports environmental process pilot projects, in conjunction with States and FHWA field offices, in order to test and develop better decisionmaking in the planning/environmental process.

    13. Context Sensitive Solutions: Promotes transportation planning, design, and construction practices that show a high level of sensitivity to the natural and community setting in which transportation decisions are made, while showing due consideration of safety.

    14. Research and Training: Administers contracts for and/or recommends research to improve environmental processing and project development. Develops and provides training courses for the same purpose.

    15. Cumulative Impacts: Advances consideration of cumulative impacts in conjunction with NEPA documents.

    16. Policies, Regulations, Procedures, and Guidelines: Develops specific FHWA policies, regulations, procedures, and guidelines in the following areas:

      1. (1) ecosystems,
      2. (2) water quality and Clean Water Act issues,
      3. (3) wetlands,
      4. (4) threatened and endangered species,
      5. (5) fish and wildlife,
      6. (6) coastal zones and coastal barrier protection,
      7. (7) right-of-way vegetation management,
      8. (8) wild and scenic rivers,
      9. (9) agricultural land, and
      10. (10) watersheds.

OFFICE OF REAL ESTATE SERVICES

  1. MISSION: Plans, develops, executes, and administers policies and programs implementing the Uniform Act, in connection with projects administered by FHWA and carries out Federal Lead Agency responsibilities related to the Act. Administers Title 23 U.S.C. programs involving relocation, private land donations, right-of-way (ROW) aspects of project financing, and use of acquired ROW. Administers the Highway Beautification Program.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Advocacy: Serves as FHWA's advocate for fair and prudent acquisition and management of real property, and for protecting the rights of property owners and tenants affected by the use of eminent domain in Federal programs.

    2. Strategic Planning and Quality Improvement for the Office of Real Estate Services: Develops and implements action/business plan initiatives to advance DOT and FHWA strategic goals and objectives relating to real estate functions. Initiates system and process improvements to continually improve the quality of FHWA's realty programs, products, and services.

    3. Legislation, Regulations, Policy, and Guidance: Develops legislative recommendations and interprets statutory provisions relating to real estate programs under the Uniform Act (Title 42 U.S.C. §4601 et seq.) and Federal highway laws (Title 23 U.S.C.). Develops and issues regulations, policies, and guidance for these laws. Carries out these functions in cooperation with other Federal agencies, as well as FHWA field offices and other FHWA headquarters offices.

    4. Technical Assistance and Training: Provides specialized training and technical assistance on real estate matters directly to FHWA field offices, other Federal agencies, State DOTs, local public agencies, and others. Partners with the National Highway Institute and others in developing and evaluating training courses. Develops technical and guidance materials and, in some cases, provides instructors.

    5. Research and Technology Delivery: Identifies and conducts research and technology transfer in the area of real property acquisition and management as well as highway beautification.

    6. Customer Outreach and Consultation: Seeks the views and needs of FHWA's customers, partners, and field offices on real estate matters, and uses that information in carrying out office functions.

    7. Monitoring and Evaluation: Monitors and evaluates the performance of FHWA's real estate programs. Uses results to improve program performance

    8. Uniform Act: Serves as Lead Agency for the Federal Government for the Uniform Act and prepares annual reports for DOT to provide to the Office of Management and Budget. Advises on legislative changes to the Uniform Act. Provides Uniform Act training, advice, and technical assistance to FHWA field offices and other Federal agencies. Issues and maintains the Uniform Act regulations and guidance. Monitors the Uniform Act implementation by other Federal agencies. Develops and administers policies, procedures, and specific standards relating to real estate appraisal, appraisal review, negotiation and relocation assistance and payments, consistent with the Uniform Act. Serves as a clearinghouse for information necessary to implement the Uniform Act.

    9. Real Property Management: Develops policies and procedures for the management of ROW, including airspace, acquired for Federal-aid transportation projects. Such activities include corridor preservation, the leasing of land and improvements, rest area development, disposal of excess property, and access management strategies.

    10. Highway Beautification: Develops regulations, policies, and guidance to States and others on the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, as amended. Monitors effectiveness in providing for billboard and junkyard controls. Administers the Outdoor Advertising “Bonus" program.

Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty

Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty organizational chart: Associate Administrator branches off to offices of Planning, Human Environment, Natural Environment, Project Developement and Environmental Review, and Real Estate Services.


ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR FOR FEDERAL LANDS HIGHWAY

MISSION AND FUNCTIONS STATEMENT

  1. MISSION: Provides program administration, engineering, technical assistance, and trains FHWA staff relative to transportation serving Federal and tribal lands.  Provides leadership to the Federal Lands Highway (FLH) division offices in administering the following Federal lands transportation programs nationwide:  Federal Lands Transportation Program (FLTP); Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP); and the Tribal Transportation Program (TTP). The office also administers the Defense Access Roads (DAR) Program and the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) Program.  There are three FLH division offices (Eastern, Central, and Western) located in Sterling, Virginia; Lakewood, Colorado; and Vancouver, Washington, respectively.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Advocacy: Serves as advocate for Federal agencies and tribal governments on transportation issues vital to Federal and tribal lands. Serves as the FHWA point of contact for tribal governments and Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMA).

    2. Strategic Planning and Quality: In support of FHWA's Strategic Plan and FHWA's Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs, develops and implements strategic business plans including initiating quality self-assessments, program evaluations, and system and process improvements to continuously improve the quality of transportation programs, products, and services.

    3. Legislation, Regulations, Policy, and Guidance: In coordination with FHWA's Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs and Office of Chief Counsel, develops legislative recommendations and administers statutory provisions related to the Federal lands, tribal transportation, the DAR, and ERFO programs. Develops implementing regulations, policies, and guidance. Accomplishes this function jointly with other Federal agencies.

    4. Outreach and Consultation: Conducts outreach and consults with FLH division offices, FLMAs, tribal governments, State transportation agencies, and industry on transportation issues and related matters pertaining to Federal and tribal lands.

    5. Monitoring and Evaluation: Monitors, collects data, and evaluates the performance of the FLTP, DAR, and TTP. Uses results to improve program performance.

    6. Engineering Operations: Develops and manages national policies, standards, and procedures for the design and construction of projects on Federal and tribal lands.

    7. Managing Resources: Provides national direction, coordination and oversight for fiscal, personnel, property, procurement, and related administrative activities.

    8. Professional Development: Coordinates engineering and related training by FLH to support FHWA career training programs, related FHWA professional development initiatives, and other Federal agencies’ training needs.

    9. Stewardship and Oversight: Conducts program/process reviews and implements and monitors recommendations to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of programs. Integrates risk management techniques into the oversight function to ensure the effective allocation of resources and oversight.

    10. Transportation Planning: In coordination with the Federal partners, supports the development of the FLH-related transportation plans that align with metropolitan and statewide transportation improvement plans governed by the Federal-aid program. Develops and coordinates Pavement, Bridge, Safety, and Congestion Management Systems to support program planning and decision making.

  3. The Associate Administrator for Federal Lands Highway provides executive direction over the activities of the following organizational elements:


OFFICE OF PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

  1. MISSION: Provides national program administration; maintains design and construction guidance, and standards; and provides national coordination with the Office of Innovative Program Delivery (HIN) for the dissemination and deployment of transportation innovations on Federal and tribal lands.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Program Policy and Procedures: Develops program regulations, policies, and procedures relating to the Federal lands, the ERFO, and DAR programs.

    2. Performance Management: Coordinates the development and maintenance of partners’ transportation facility inventories and the collection and reporting of performance data. Supports the development of performance goals, measures and targets with Federal partners in the administration of FLTP.

    3. Fund Transfers: Authorizes fund transfers and coordinates allocated fund transfers, as appropriate, between the FLH division offices, Federal-aid division offices, Headquarters offices, and outside agencies, such as the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Interior agencies, Department of Defense agencies, and other FLMAs.

    4. Federal Agency Collaboration: Collaborates with other Federal agencies in the formulation of policies, goals, and standards for FLH projects.

    5. Management Systems: Coordinates the development and maintenance of road, pavement, congestion, safety, and bridge management systems and programs relative to FLH projects.

    6. Program Development: Manages the development and implementation of transportation planning, program planning, management techniques, and operating procedures to promote efficiency, effectiveness, safety, and consistency of programs for FLH projects.

    7. Right-of-Way, Utilities, and Environment: Provides program guidance and management of policies and procedures relative to FLH projects for assuring implementation of: (1) environmental, historic, and water resources related laws and regulations, and (2) right-of-way, utilities, and uniform relocation assistance related laws and regulations.

    8. Program Manuals and Guidance: Prepares and issues manuals and guidance on program planning and management and related administrative areas.

    9. Design Policies and Procedures: Develops, issues, and maintains policies, procedures, and standards. Provides guidance for project development and design.

    10. Standard Construction Specifications: Develops, issues, and maintains standard specifications for the construction of roads and bridges on FLH projects and for use by other agencies, industry, and foreign countries.

    11. Construction Policies and Procedures: Develops, issues, and maintains contract administration and construction engineering policies, procedures, standards, and guides for use on FLH projects and for use by other Federal agencies.

    12. Materials Sampling and Testing: Issues, updates, and coordinates the development of policies, procedures and guides for design, sampling, and testing for quality control and acceptance of construction materials.

    13. Design Standard Plans: Issues, updates, and coordinates the development of standard plans for use on FLH projects.

    14. Benchmarking: Coordinates and obtains input from industry, FLH division offices, other Headquarters offices, and other agencies to develop new standards and specifications for design and construction of roads and bridges.

    15. Quality Improvement: Coordinates and administers a program for value engineering. Continuously improves the engineering standards and construction specifications used on FLH projects and by other governmental agencies.

    16. Professional Development: Coordinates engineering and related training by FLH to support FHWA career training programs, related FHWA professional development initiatives, and other Federal agency training needs.

    17. Program Reports: Prepares, compiles, analyzes, and issues reports on the Federal lands and tribal transportation programs, the DAR program, and the ERFO program.

    18. Technical Assistance: Coordinates and provides technical assistance to Federal agencies and others.

    19. Bridge Program: In coordination with the Office of Infrastructure and division offices, supports the stewardship and oversight of Federal bridge owner’s compliance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards.


OFFICE OF POLICY AND PROGRAM REVIEW

  1. MISSION: Develops and negotiates interagency and cooperative agreements for all activities related to the Federal lands and tribal transportation programs. In coordination with FHWA's Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs and Office of Chief Counsel, recommends new or revised legislation needed for effective administration of the Federal lands and tribal transportation, DAR, and ERFO programs; collaborates with other Federal agencies in the formulation of policies and program procedures while continually evaluating these programs and processes; and documents best practices in response to the needs of FLH customers.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Legislative/Program: In coordination with FHWA's Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs and the Office of Chief Counsel, develops and evaluates legislative proposals related to the Federal lands and tribal transportation programs in cooperation with other FHWA Headquarters offices, the FLH division offices, Federal partner agencies, and other stakeholders. Develops policy and program guidance, including appropriate regulations to implement and interpret transportation legislation.

    2. Outreach and Communication: Provides a point of contact within FLH to reach out to FLMAs to establish partnerships throughout the Federal transportation community. Manages FLH's formal partnership agreements in coordination with appropriate FHWA offices. Provides and maintains ongoing communication links with the FLH customers and partners and other constituencies, seeking their views and feedback.

    3. Program Review and Evaluation: Coordinates and assists FLH Program Managers and FLH division offices in conducting evaluations and/or special surveys of FLH program policies and operations to identify best practices and opportunities to improve effectiveness. Provides for the dissemination of this information throughout FLH. Conducts risk assessments of FLH program elements.

    4. Performance Planning: Champions the effective deployment of the FLH Business Plan. Supports FLH Leadership Team in the development of the FLH Annual Report and the tracking of FLH key business measures.

    5. Civil Rights: Provides support in the development of construction-related Equal Employment Opportunity and Small and Disadvantaged Business program policies and procedures that are applicable to the FLH Programs.

    6. Acquisition Management: Provides functional discipline leadership in support of FLH division offices. Administers the acquisition program in support of all programs.

    7. Information Systems and Technology: Develops and manages programs that provide FLH-wide information systems, information technology (IT) support services, IT infrastructure, and internal and external access to support FLH's goals and information needs.

    8. Finance: Provides functional discipline leadership in the area of finance in support of FLH division offices.

    9. Information and Analysis: Serves as the FLH proponent for agencywide use of information and analysis to support quality assessments and program reviews.

    10. Emergency Preparedness: Coordinates and provides guidance for the FLH division offices’ emergency preparedness activities.


OFFICE OF TRIBAL TRANSPORTATION

  1. MISSION: Provides national administration of the Tribal Transportation Program (TTP); maintains policies, guidance, and standards for this program; carries out Federal responsibilities relating to the tribes that operate their program directly with FHWA; collaborates with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and tribes in the formulation of policies and program procedures; and provides support to HIN in the coordination of technology deployment and dissemination of information for transportation on tribal lands.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Program Policy and Procedures: In cooperation with BIA, develops program regulations, policies, goals, measures, and procedures relating to the TTP.

    2. Fund Transfers: Authorizes TTP fund transfers and coordinates these transfers between Headquarters, tribes, BIA, FLH division offices, and Federal-aid division offices.

    3. Tribal Government Contact: Serves as FHWA point of contact for tribal governments and BIA relative to the TTP.

    4. Program Review and Evaluation: Conducts program reviews and evaluations of the BIA and tribal entities. Identifies opportunities to improve effectiveness, areas of risk, and best practices. Provides for the dissemination of this information throughout FLH and BIA. Conducts overall risk assessments of the tribes working directly with FHWA.

    5. Management Systems: Coordinates the development and maintenance of road, pavement, congestion, safety, and bridge management systems and programs relative to the TTP.

    6. Program Development: Works with the tribes and BIA to manage the development and implementation of transportation planning and program development needed to promote efficient, effective, and safe TTP funded projects.

    7. Outreach, Communication, and Technical Assistance: Performs outreach, communication, and technical assistance to the tribes and BIA to establish partnerships to carry out the TTP. Develops and manages FLH's formal agreements with BIA and the Program Funding Agreements with tribes.

    8. Legislative/Program: Assists in the development and evaluation of legislative proposals related to the TTP in cooperation with other FHWA Headquarters offices, FLH division offices, BIA, and other stakeholders.

    9. Program Regulations: In cooperation with the tribes and BIA, develops and issues guidance and consults with tribes as required, on the development, issuance and maintenance for TTP-related regulations needed to implement and interpret the program legislation.

    10. Program Manuals and Guidance: Prepares and issues manuals and guidance on all aspects of delivering TTP projects and activities.

    11. Right-of-Way, Utilities and Environment: Works with the BIA to ensure the accurate implementation of: (1) environmental, historic, and water resource related laws and regulations; and (2) right-of-way, utilities, and uniform relocation assistance related laws, and regulations.

    12. Professional Development: Coordinates training opportunities in support of FHWA career training programs and other related FHWA professional development initiatives.

    13. Program Reports: Prepares and analyzes key measures and data for reports on the TTP road system conditions and needs.

    14. Technical Assistance: Coordinates and provides technical assistance and training to tribal governments and the BIA.

Federal Lands Highway organization chart


ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

MISSION AND FUNCTIONS STATEMENT

  1. MISSION: Provides leadership, technical expertise, and program assistance in highway; pavement; materials; bridges, tunnels, and other structures; asset management and related engineering activities; and transportation performance management.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Advocacy: Serves as the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) advocate in overall program performance and engineering activities associated with highways, pavements, materials, bridges, tunnels, and other structures. This includes those of design, construction, inspection, preservation, maintenance, and asset and transportation performance management.

    2. Policy and Guidance: Develops program and engineering policies and guidance for national highway; pavement; materials; bridges, tunnels, and other structures; and transportation performance management in support of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and FHWA strategic goals, objectives, and corporate management strategies. Initiates business plans, quality self-assessments, and system and process improvements to continually improve the quality and performance of programs, products, and services.

    3. Legislation/Program: Develops and evaluates legislative proposals related to highways, pavements, materials, bridges, tunnels, and other structures, transportation performance management, and engineering and asset management issues, in cooperation with other FHWA Headquarters and field offices. Develops policy and program direction including appropriate regulations to implement and interpret transportation legislation.

    4. Technology Delivery: In cooperation with the field offices, the Offices of Innovative Program Delivery, Research, Development, and Technology (RD&T), Operations, Safety, Federal Lands Highway, and Planning, Environment, and Realty, leads in the development of near-term RD&T program plans in the areas of highway construction, preservation, maintenance, pavements, materials, bridges, tunnels, and other structures, and tools to manage and analyze transportation performance. Assists in the marketing and dissemination of information on emerging technology and innovations resulting from such RD&T activities. In partnership with the FHWA Resource Center (RC), designs and implements programs which deploy new technologies to continuously advance the state-of-the-best-practice industrywide. Partners with the RC and other appropriate offices in developing and evaluating training courses related to transportation performance management, highways, pavements, materials, bridges, tunnels, and other structures, and asset management. Develops technical documents and guidance materials related to that training and provides instructors in some cases.

    5. Discretionary Programs: Allocates and monitors the use of discretionary funding.

    6. Engineering Innovation: Coordinates and provides policy direction for initiating and implementing engineering innovation in transportation in such areas as innovative contracting procedures, construction management, design, construction, and the use of innovative materials in construction projects.

    7. Outreach and Consultation: In cooperation with the Offices of Innovative Program Delivery, Operations, Safety, Federal Lands Highway, Planning, Environment, and Realty, and the field offices, provides and maintains ongoing communication links with FHWA's customers, partners, and other constituencies, seeking their views and feedback.

    8. Emergency Relief Program: Develops and implements the Agency's Emergency Relief (ER) Program and, in support of national security, manages actions related to emergency declarations by the FHWA Administrator.

    9. Asset Management: Develops policies and provides guidance and training related to the application of value engineering, life-cycle cost analysis, and asset management to Federal-aid highway projects and programs, and Federal-aid eligibility on the various Federal-aid categories of funds.

    10. Highway Programs: Coordinates and provides policy direction for multiple Federal-aid highway programs including the National Highway Performance Program, the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, the Ferry Boats and Ferry Terminals Program and the Territorial and Puerto Rico Highway Program.

    11. National Bridge and Tunnel Inspection Programs: Leads FHWA's activities for the National Bridge and Tunnel Inspection Programs, monitors compliance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards and the National Tunnel Inspection Standards, and accumulates the inspection data into a national database.

    12. Civil Rights: Assists the Office of Civil Rights in the development of construction-related Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program policies and procedures, and in assessing compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    13. Major Structures: Provides for the approval of complex and unusual bridges, tunnels, and other structures on the Interstate Highway System.

    14. Major Projects: Provides program and policy guidance for the administration of major projects in support of FHWA's Federal-aid and Federal Lands Highway division offices and the States.

    15. Transportation Performance Management: Leads, guides, coordinates, and develops the comprehensive aspects for the performance management of the Federal-aid highway program, to ensure consistency in philosophy and sustained implementation of performance elements across program areas.

  3. The Associate Administrator for Infrastructure provides executive direction over the activities of the following organizational elements:

    1. Office of Program Administration
    2. Office of Bridges and Structures
    3. Office of Asset Management, Pavements, and Construction
    4. Office of Transportation Performance Management

OFFICE OF PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION

  1. MISSION: Administers and provides program assistance on eligibility information, geometric design of Federal-aid highways, consultant services, utilities, value engineering, risk-based stewardship and oversight, major projects, contract administration, and innovative contracting regarding the Federal-aid highway program.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Advocacy: Serves as the FHWA advocate for the Federal-aid highway program and eligibility information, geometric design of Federal-aid highways, consultant services, utilities, value engineering, risk-based stewardship and oversight, major projects, contract administration, innovative contracting, and related technical activities, technology development, outreach, and partnering initiatives.

    2. Policy and Guidance: Develops national Federal-aid highway program, geometric design, consultant services, utilities, value engineering, risk-based stewardship and oversight, major projects, and contract administration policies and guidance in support of DOT and FHWA strategic goals, objectives, and corporate management strategies. Initiates systems and process improvements to continuously enhance the quality of programs, products, and services.

    3. Legislation/Program: Develops and evaluates legislative proposals related to the Federal-aid highway program in cooperation with other FHWA Headquarters and field offices. Provides program assistance in the development, analysis, and interpretation of highway legislation. Evaluates and implements new legislation relating to program areas of responsibility. Provides program assistance on questions regarding the eligible use of Federal-aid highway funds, contract administration, and the application of geometric design standards, policies, criteria, and guides.

    4. Technology Delivery/Highway Programs: In cooperation with field offices, the RC, the Offices of Innovative Program Delivery, Operations, Safety, Federal Lands Highway, and Planning, Environment, and Realty, leads the delivery of program information and new technology in special areas of the Federal-aid highway program. These areas include relocation and accommodation of utilities, the ER program under Title 23 U.S.C. 125, project oversight and approval under Title 23 U.S.C. 106, contract administration, procurement and administration of engineering services, value engineering, the Ferry Boats and Ferry Terminals Program, the Territorial and Puerto Rico Highway Program, and the special interest congressional projects such as the High Priority Projects Program.

    5. Discretionary Programs: Develops policy, implementing guidance, and prepares allocation plans for discretionary funds for special purpose Federal-aid construction programs.

    6. Emergency Relief Program: Leads FHWA’s implementation of the ER program for repairing highway facilities severely damaged by a major catastrophic or natural disaster, including the development of legislation, regulations, policy, and allocating ER funds.

    7. Consultant Services: Develops policy and guidance related to the procurement and administration of consultant services. Maintains relevant regulations.

    8. Local Programs: Provides leadership and guidance to FHWA’s staff with responsibilities for local program administration, and partners with local roads agencies such as the American Public Works Association, the National Association of County Engineers, and others.

    9. Major Projects: Provides program and policy guidance for the administration of major projects in support of FHWA's Federal-aid and Federal Lands Highway division offices and the States.

    10. Civil Rights (External): Assists the Office of Civil Rights in the development of construction-related EEO and DBE program policies and procedures, and in issues involving compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    11. National and International Services: Represents FHWA as members and officers in national and international associations. Works with associations to advance the engineering areas of geometric design and utilities, including the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) subcommittees and related technical committees, professional societies, research entities, and public works organizations.

    12. Technology Outreach/Partnering: Establishes and maintains proactive interaction with FHWA’s technology partners. Develops and maintains communication programs with partners and customers. Maintains and expands technology information network by contributing to resources such as Public Roads magazines, trade journals, and Web sites. Works with AASHTO, the Transportation Research Board (TRB), industry associations, other Federal agencies and the States to develop cooperative programs, leverage resources, and cosponsor initiatives.

    13. Stewardship and Oversight: Structures, develops, and implements a strategic, risk- and performance-based stewardship and oversight approach in meeting FHWA’s national Federal-aid program goals and priorities. Focuses on providing leadership and consistent technical support working with FHWA’s Program Management Improvement Team, RC, division offices, and State and other partners to establish stewardship and oversight plans using a national risk assessment process, metrics, and targets that support national program/project priorities and State/partner program project priorities. Improves the effectiveness and efficiency in FHWA’s stewardship and oversight function to ensure a more accurate assessment of allocation of resources and workforce needs. Also, in coordination with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, establishes Agency responses to external reviews of FHWA’s Federal-aid programs conducted by the DOT Office of Inspector General, Government Accountability Office, and others.


OFFICE OF BRIDGES AND STRUCTURES

  1. MISSION: Provides technical and program expertise for major and unusual bridges, tunnels, and hydraulic/geotechnical structures. Provides policy direction and guidance for bridge management including inspection, preservation, replacement, rehabilitation, and promotes innovation through technology delivery.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Advocacy: Serves as the FHWA advocate in technical activities, technology development, outreach, and partnering related to bridge, tunnel, hydraulic and geotechnical engineering, and overall bridge program management.

    2. Policy and Guidance: Develops national program and engineering policies, guidance, and goals in support of DOT and FHWA strategic goals, objectives, and corporate management strategies. Initiates system and process improvements to continually improve the quality of bridge, tunnel, hydraulic and geotechnical engineering programs, products, and services.

    3. Legislation/Program: Develops and evaluates legislative proposals related to bridges and structures engineering and management, bridge programs, tunnel, and hydraulic and geotechnical engineering. Develops bridge, tunnel, hydraulic and geotechnical policy and program direction, including appropriate regulations, to implement and interpret the applicable provisions of transportation legislation.

    4. Technology Delivery: In coordination with the RC, field offices, and other Headquarters offices, leads in the development of near-term RD&T program plans. Establishes focus areas in the areas of bridge, tunnel, hydraulic, and geotechnical engineering. Provides leadership in implementing, marketing, and disseminating information on new and emerging technologies resulting from RD&T activities. Provides leadership, in partnership with the RC and other appropriate offices, in developing and evaluating training courses related to structural, tunnel, hydraulics, geotechnical engineering, and bridge management. Develops technical documents and guidance materials related to that training and provides instructors in some cases.

    5. Program Eligibility and Funding: Provides leadership for bridges and structures programs. Establishes uniform requirements and eligibility policies for the use of program funds. Provides national program information and assistance in that regard to Congress, other DOT and FHWA offices, Federal agencies, States, industry, the media, and the public.

    6. Engineering Innovation: Coordinates and provides policy direction for initiating and implementing bridge, tunnel, hydraulic and geotechnical engineering innovation in transportation. This includes the use of innovative systems, practices, and innovative materials in bridge research and construction projects. Conducts investigations to ascertain cost, trends, and the acceptability of innovative structural products and materials.

    7. National Bridge and Tunnel Inspection Programs: Leads FHWA's activities for the National Bridge and Tunnel Inspection Programs, monitors compliance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards and the National Tunnel Inspection Standards, and accumulates the inspection data into a national database.

    8. Major Structures: Provides for the approval of complex and unusual bridges, tunnels, and other structures on the Interstate Highway System.

    9. Technical Expertise: Provides expert level review and approval for designs of complex and unusual bridges and other structures (e.g., tunnels, hydraulic structures, and geotechnical features) on the Interstate Highway System. In response to and in cooperation with field offices and the RC, provides expert level advice on structural, tunnel, hydraulic, and geotechnical design features for major and unusual bridges and structures on other public roads. Areas of expert level advice include the specialized technical engineering areas of major bridges, tunnels, hydraulic structures, and geotechnical features. Conducts expert level technical studies of design, construction, and maintenance problems for which there is little or no precedent.

    10. National and International Association Services: Represents FHWA as members and officers in national and international associations. Works with associations to advance the engineering areas of major bridges, tunnels, inspection, preservation, management of structural assets, seismic, hydraulics, and geotechnology. The associations include AASHTO subcommittees (Bridge, Design, and Materials), and related technical committees, professional societies, and research entities.

    11. Technology Outreach/Partnering: Establishes and maintains proactive interaction with FHWA’s technology partners. Develops and maintains communication programs with partners and customers. Maintains and expands technology information network through the use of resources such as the Focus newsletter, the Transporterand Public Roads magazines, trade journals, and Web sites. Works with, AASHTO, TRB, industry associations, other Federal agencies, and the States to develop cooperative programs, leverage resources, and cosponsor initiatives.


OFFICE OF ASSET MANAGEMENT, PAVEMENTS, AND CONSTRUCTION

  1. MISSION: Administers engineering policies, develops standards and procedures, provides technical assistance, and leads innovative technology for materials. Provides technical assistance for the design, preservation and rehabilitation of highway pavements, the construction of highway pavements and bridges, and the management of pavements and other transportation assets. Provides leadership and expertise in managing highway infrastructure assets utilizing progressive policies and practices that facilitate transportation investment decisions.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Advocacy: Administers engineering policies, develops standards and procedures, provides technical assistance, and leads innovative technology for materials, the design, construction, and preservation and rehabilitation of highway pavements. Serves as the FHWA advocate for asset management, system preservation, pavement management/analysis, management of assets other than pavements/bridges/tunnels, and pavement and bridge construction and maintenance.

    2. Asset Management: Provides national leadership in asset management policies, guidance, and training for the assessment and management of physical transportation assets. Partners with other FHWA Headquarters and field offices, along with AASHTO and others, in conducting a comprehensive, broad-based, and proactive approach to promote and communicate transportation asset management techniques and applications.

    3. Policy and Guidance: Develops national pavement engineering policies and guidance in support of DOT and FHWA strategic goals, objectives, and corporate management strategies. Initiates systems and process improvements to continually improve the quality of materials and the pavement engineering programs, products and services. Develops national policies and guidance for asset management, system preservation, pavement management, management of assets other than pavements/bridges/tunnels, pavement design and pavement and bridge construction in support of DOT and FHWA strategic goals and objectives. Initiates systems and process improvements to continually improve the quality of programs and services, as well as quality assurance for materials and processes related to highway construction. Maintains strategic expertise to perform the above and following functions.

    4. Legislation/Program: Develops and evaluates legislative proposals related to materials and pavement engineering issues in cooperation with other FHWA Headquarters and field offices. Develops and evaluates legislative proposals related to asset management, system preservation, pavement management/analysis, and highway construction in cooperation with FHWA Headquarters and field offices. Develops policy and program direction, including appropriate regulations, to implement and interpret transportation legislation.

    5. Technology Delivery: In cooperation with the FHWA Office of Technical Services, field offices, and other Headquarters offices, leads in the development of programs, RD&T plans, market strategies, and information dissemination techniques for the establishment of a national asset management, pavement, materials and construction program. Partners with the Office of Technical Services and other appropriate offices to develop training courses and materials, and other technical documents related to emerging innovations in asset management, pavements, materials, and construction engineering. Coordinates with related AASHTO and TRB units to develop implementation/market strategies for key national asset management, pavement, and construction program activities. Makes presentations at conferences, seminars, and workshops on issues related to these national programs.

    6. Engineering Innovation: Coordinates and provides policy direction for initiating and implementing engineering innovations in system preservation, pavement design and management, materials, and construction and maintenance.

    7. National and International Association Services: Provides national leadership to asset management, pavement, and construction program areas by representing the FHWA on intergovernmental or industry committees. Coordinates and maintains liaison with AASHTO committees, related technical committees, professional societies, research entities, industry associations, and public works organizations. Serves as the official FHWA representative in international organizations to facilitate international technology transfer.

    8. Technology Outreach/Partnering: Establishes and maintains proactive interaction with FHWA’s technology partners. Develops and maintains communication programs with partners and customers. Maintains and expands technology information network through the use of resources such as the Focus newsletter, the Transporter and Public Roads magazines, trade journals, and Web sites. Works with, AASHTO, TRB, industry associations, other Federal agencies, and the States to develop cooperative programs, leverage resources, and cosponsor initiatives.


OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

  1. MISSION: Provides leadership, guidance, coordination, and development on the comprehensive aspects for performance management of the Federal-aid highway program to ensure consistency in philosophy and sustained implementation of performance elements across highway and other modal program areas.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Advocacy: Serves as the FHWA advocate for performance management of the Federal-aid highway program, national performance reporting, national performance evaluations and related technical activities, technology development, training, outreach, and partnering initiatives.

    2. Transportation Performance Management: Provides leadership in the management of transportation performance at a national level. Coordinates with DOT modal agencies in the development of transportation performance management policies and guidance for highways. Partners with other FHWA Headquarters and field offices, other DOT modal agencies, and stakeholders in managing nationwide programs. Supports the FHWA Transportation Performance Leadership Council and leads a core team representing offices responsible for the planning, delivery, and execution of transportation performance management. Coordinates and harmonizes form and expectations of transportation performance management among performance goal areas.

    3. Policy and Guidance: Develops national policies and guidance for transportation performance management in support of DOT and FHWA strategic goals, objectives, and Corporate Management strategies. Initiates systems and process improvements to continually improve the quality of programs, products, and services. Partners with other FHWA units to identify corporate activities that will be conducted across FHWA to support strategic goals and objectives.

    4. Legislation/Program: Develops and evaluates legislative proposals related to managing the performance and condition of the highway system and coordinates FHWA proposals related to specific aspects of transportation performance. Develops and coordinates policy and program direction including appropriate regulations and guidance to implement and interpret transportation legislation related to transportation performance management.

    5. Tool Development and Advancement: In cooperation with the Office of Technical Services, the Office of Research, Development, and Technology, and FHWA program offices leads in the development of programs, RD&T plans, marketing strategies, and information dissemination techniques for the development and advancement tools to manage highway performance and condition and to conduct analysis. Partners with the Office of Technical Services and other appropriate offices to develop training courses and materials and other technical documents related to emerging technology. Verifies that transportation performance management RD&T efforts are consistent with the FHWA corporate work plan and are coordinated with other DOT modal agencies to collaborate on cross-cutting initiatives.

    6. Capacity Development: Leads efforts to build the institutional capacity of the FHWA business processes and workforce to be proficient in the competencies required to carry out the Federal role for transportation performance management. Coordinate with FHWA offices and DOT modal agencies to design and deliver training and development opportunities. Develops and maintain an internal Web site to communicate and provide pertinent performance management information to FHWA employees. Maintains an active presence in the FHWA Program and Management Analysis discipline support system.

    7. Performance Reporting: Coordinates and manages FHWA’s efforts to evaluate, assess, and report on performance as a result of the performance-based Federal-aid highway program initially specified under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Partners with FHWA offices and DOT modal agencies to design and develop reports at the national, State, and Metropolitan Planning Organization levels in support of performance measurement requirements. Verifies that transportation performance reporting is consistent within the FHWA corporate transportation performance management framework.

    8. National and International Association Services: Represents the FHWA as members and officers in national and international associations. Works with associations to advance transportation performance management. Supports FHWA’s role as secretary to the AASHTO Standing Committee on Performance Management and serves on related technical committees, research entities, industry associations, and public works organizations.

    9. Technology Outreach/Partnering: Coordinates with FHWA offices and DOT modal agencies to ensure proactive interaction on performance management-related topics. Develops and maintains communication programs with partners and customers. Maintains and expands technology information networks through the use of resources such as the Focus newsletter, the Transporter and Public Roads magazines,trade journals, and Web sites. Works with AASHTO, TRB, industry associations, other Federal agencies, and the States to develop cooperative programs, leverage resources, and cosponsor initiatives.

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ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR FOR OPERATIONS

MISSION AND FUNCTIONS STATEMENT

  1. MISSION: Provides national leadership for the management and operation of the surface transportation system, including the deployment of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) to highway transportation and the development of an intermodal approach to freight operations.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Advocacy: Serves as FHWA's advocate and national leader for the management and operations of the transportation system; the deployment of ITS to highway transportation; and an intermodal approach to freight operations, including the flow of goods within the U.S., along multi-state trade and transportation corridors, and across international borders.

    2. Strategic Planning and Quality: Develops and implements policy and program initiatives for transportation operations and management, including both supply and demand management strategies, ITS, and freight operations and border crossings to advance DOT and FHWA Strategic Goals, Objectives, and Corporate Management Strategies. Initiates business plans, quality self-assessments, program evaluations, and system and process improvements to continually improve the quality of the office's programs, products, and services. Coordinates with the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) on ITS initiatives.

    3. Legislation, Regulations, Policy, and Guidance: Develops legislative recommendations and administers statutory provisions related to transportation operations and management, ITS, and freight operations, including enforcement of truck size and weight. Develops regulations, policies, and guidance for these laws. Carries out these functions in cooperation with other DOT and Federal agencies, as well as FHWA Headquarters and field offices.

    4. Technology Delivery: Leads the development of agencywide plans for transportation operations and management, including ITS, and freight. Ensures that technology investments in these areas are linked to the DOT and Agency strategic and performance plans. In partnership with FHWA’s Resource Center (RC), designs and implements programs which deploy new technologies and training to continuously advance the "state-of-the-best-practice" industrywide, thereby improving the performance of the surface transportation system.

    5. Customer Outreach and Consultation: Seeks the views of the FHWA's field offices and public and private-sector customers on transportation management and operations, ITS, and freight operations issues and uses that information in carrying out office functions.

    6. Monitoring and Evaluation: Conducts evaluations to assess policy and program effectiveness. Uses results to improve program performance and guide future program development. In partnership with the RC, designs and implements feedback systems to identify and evaluate new technologies and trends for future Research, Development, and Technology (RD&T) plans and programs.

    7. Strategic and Performance Planning: In coordination with the Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs, facilitates the advancement of the DOT and FHWA Strategic Plans, the annual Performance Plan, and the Administrator's Accountability Contract with the Secretary. Tracks the progress of the Operations offices against these plans/agreements.

    8. Intermodal Freight: Provides national leadership and develops strategy in partnership with other modes for enhancing the national and international movement of goods, and enhances the competitive position of the U.S. goods movement industry.

    9. International Border Clearance Planning and Deployment Committee (IBCPDC): Represents the DOT on the U.S. Department of Treasury IBCPDC and provides cross-departmental coordination.

    10. Emergency Preparedness: In support of our national security, develops plans and programs to ensure that the Agency is prepared to respond appropriately to emergency situations.

    11. Infrastructure Protection: Reports through the Administrator to the OST Office of Intelligence and Security (S-60) as the FHWA point of contact for the assurance of critical infrastructure protection as required by Presidential Decision Directive (PDD) 63.

    12. Transportation Security: Represents FHWA, and is the virtual team leader for FHWA Headquarters staff, in identifying and addressing transportation infrastructure vulnerability and other critical transportation system security issues, and collaborates fully with the field staff.

    13. Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD): Updates and maintains the MUTCD and supporting documentation. In partnership with the field offices, promotes and assures correct application.

    14. ITS Architecture and Standards: Facilitates the development and use of regional ITS Architecture and ITS standards. In partnership with the field offices, promotes and assures correct application.

    15. Congestion Management: Serves as FHWA's lead for congestion management, including serving as the co-lead for Congestion Management Systems with the Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty.

    16. Program Support: Provides personnel, budget, accounting, and information technology support to the Operations offices. Coordinates with the Office of Administration.

  3. The Associate Administrator for Operations provides executive direction over the activities of the following organizational elements:

    Office of Freight Management and Operations
    Office of Transportation Management
    Office of Transportation Operations


OFFICE OF FREIGHT MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS

  1. MISSION: Provides programs, policies, research, and technology transfer that promote efficient and seamless freight flow on the highway system and its intermodal connectors, within the U.S. and across its borders.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Advocacy: Serves as the FHWA advocate and national leader for issues relating to the highway freight industry. Represents FHWA in several national and international freight industry forums, and works with other Federal agencies involved with trade policy. Facilitates and supports the development of coalitions among shippers, carriers, freight forwarders, and public agencies to improve freight operations. Supports the existing National Freight Partnership and encourages the development of multi-state relationships and projects aimed at expediting freight flow in the U.S. Facilitates the identification and resolution of legal, institutional, and standards issues that impede the efficient movement of goods.

    2. Strategic Planning, Legislation, Policy, and Guidance: Takes a leadership role in developing the intermodal goods movement vision, mission, strategies, and tactics for the FHWA, and represents the organization in developing the same for DOT. Develops policies and programs that promote efficient and seamless freight flow on the highway system and its intermodal connectors within the U.S. and across its borders. Where appropriate, develops legislative recommendations and interprets statutory provisions impacting the efficiency and productivity of freight operation. In particular, focuses on legislation, regulation, and development of programs that: ensure compliance with truck size and weight requirements; promote efficient movement across international borders; and encourage harmonization of standards and regulations affecting the freight industry.

    3. Program Management: In collaboration with industry partners, FHWA field resources and state and local agencies, facilitates the development of partnerships, networks, associations, and agreements to develop efficient freight operations on high speed, multi-state trade / transportation corridors, and at key intermodal connectors. Works with the Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty in administering the National Corridor Planning and Development Program and the Coordinated Border Infrastructure and Safety Program. Serves as the lead office within FHWA to provide support and management for the International Border Clearance Planning and Deployment Committee initiatives. Leads integrated product teams for cross-cutting freight programs and technology implementation.

    4. Information and Analysis: Develops metrics for freight productivity and engages in a program of data collection and analysis to assess goods movement trends and needs, gauge productivity of key corridors and intermodal connectors, and assess highway program contribution to freight productivity. In partnership with other DOT partners, industry, and public agencies, uses the information to identify and evaluate effectiveness of policies, programs, and technology applications. Conducts special studies, competitive analyses, benchmarking studies and economic analyses necessary to develop policy strategy and legislative programs necessary to continually improve freight productivity.

    5. Monitoring and Evaluation: Conducts evaluations to periodically assess program effectiveness. Uses results to improve program performance and guide future program development. Initiates system and process improvements to continually improve the quality of the Office of Freight Management and Operations.

    6. Research, Demonstration, and Technology Testing: In collaboration with the Office of Research, Development, and Technology, industry and public sector stakeholders, defines a freight research agenda. Working with partners within FHWA, DOT, industry, and state and local governments, carries out demonstrations and evaluations of innovative practices, new technology applications and infrastructure designed to expedite the flow of goods movement, including hazardous cargo. In partnership with the Office of Technical Services, develops training material to expand the understanding of the logistics discipline by FHWA staff and its traditional partners.

    7. Professional Development: Works with the Office of Technical Services and the university community to coordinate the resources and efforts necessary to support the development and execution of new training, and to advance the development of transportation operations curricula in universities. Similarly works with RD&T to coordinate resources and efforts necessary to package marketing materials, mobile demonstrations, exhibits, and the like. Coordinating with other FHWA offices, supports participation of the Office of Operations in external communications, Internet communications, publications, correspondence, and media responses.

    8. Customer Outreach and Consultation: Seeks the views of key DOT partners and external stakeholders on ways to improve freight productivity, and on issues that affect it. Provides information to these partners and stakeholders on current and emerging technologies, practices, and programs designed to improve efficiency.

    9. Truck Size and Weight Enforcement: Provides guidance and support to FHWA field offices regarding the annual state certification of compliance with truck size and weight regulations, recommends penalties as appropriate, and reports annually on overall compliance. Develops training and guidance as needed to support FHWA field staff and state and local governments in enforcing these requirements. Conducts studies and regulatory changes as required for more effective, efficient, and equitable enforcement of these provisions.


OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

  1. MISSION: Provides products, services, technical support, and assistance to the FHWA field organization for the planning, development, and deployment of integrated transportation management and information systems. Focuses on area-wide policies, programs, and systems that are multimodal or multi-agency in their implementation.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Advocacy: Serves as the FHWA advocate and a national leader for advancing the state of the art and practice in the operations of metropolitan, rural, and statewide surface transportation systems to enhance mobility, efficiency, productivity, and safety. Represents FHWA in various national and international forums dealing with these issues. Facilitates and supports the Incident Management Coalition and the ITS National Association Working Group. Advocate and supports the FHWA field structure in developing strong relationships with city and county level surface transportation operators.

    2. Strategic Planning: Takes a leadership role in defining and developing the vision, mission, performance targets, strategies, and tactics for the Office of Operations. Develops and executes national policies and program initiatives designed to enhance travel management for the purpose of achieving the mobility efficiency, productivity, and national security goals established in the FHWA and DOT Strategic Plans.

    3. Legislation, Regulations, Policy, and Guidance: Develops legislative initiatives, recommendations, statutory interpretations, and guidance related to integrated travel management, including ITS architecture and standards consistency, and Congestion Management Systems (co-responsibility with the Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty).

    4. Program Management: Co-leads the administration of the Congestion Management Systems Program and requirements with the Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty. Administers various demonstration programs dealing with supply and demand management, including value pricing, and ITS deployment.

    5. Technology Delivery: Develops the technology applications, products, practices, standards, and tools to improve routine and emergency travel management, including urban and rural traffic management systems, highway capacity analysis, traffic flow, access management, traveler information systems, crash notification systems, and travel demand management techniques (including value pricing). In partnership with the RC, designs and implements programs which deploy market-ready technologies, tools, procedures, and planning to continuously improve the state-of-the-practice, as well as associated training. Also, in partnership with the Office of Infrastructure's Office of Asset Management, Pavements, and Construction, develops the concepts, principles, and tools necessary to include consideration of operational requirements in State and local comprehensive Asset Management decisionmaking frameworks.

    6. Advanced Product, Development Testing and Demonstration: In collaboration with the ITS Joint Program Office, RD&T, as well as external stakeholders, defines the Operations research agenda within FHWA and provides leadership in coordinating national research in this area. Supports the development, demonstration, field operational testing and evaluation of practices, policies, technology systems, standards, and architecture designed to enhance the efficient operation of the surface transportation system. Participates in cross cutting integrated product teams and takes a lead where the primary mission is enhanced systems management. Supports the development, application, and dissemination of simulation models designed to enhance operating decisions. Participates in cross-cutting integrated product teams and takes the lead where the primary mission is operations improvement.

    7. Customer Outreach and Consultation: Seeks the views of DOT field offices, and public and private-sector customers on the development and implementation of transportation management technologies and strategies and uses that information in carrying out office functions. Provides leadership on value pricing, pricing outreach, project development and project awards. Disseminates information on value-pricing projects and provides technical assistance to State and local agencies interested in value-pricing. In partnership with the RC, provides information to its customers on the current and emerging technologies and strategies to improve transportation management.

    8. Professional Development: Works with the Office of Technical Services, and the university community to coordinate the resources and efforts necessary to support the development and execution of new training, and to advance the development of transportation operations curricula in universities. Similarly works with RD&T to coordinate resources and efforts necessary to package marketing materials, mobile demonstrations, exhibits, and the like. Coordinating with other FHWA offices, supports participation of the Office of Operations in external communications, Internet communications, publications, correspondence, and media responses.

    9. Information and Analysis: Develops measures and indices of traffic congestion and system efficiency. Collects appropriate data and develops models, and simulation tools to monitor system efficiency, identify problems and estimate the value of new technologies, strategies, and programs in achieving Agency goals. Conducts special studies as required.

    10. Monitoring and Evaluation: Conducts evaluations to assess policy and program effectiveness. Uses results to improve program performance and guide future program development. Initiates system and process improvements to continually improve the quality of the Office of Transportation Management's programs, products, and services.

    11. ITS Deployment: Provides support to the field structure for ITS deployment.


OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS

  1. MISSION: Provides products, services, technical support, and assistance to the FHWA field organization for the development, design, and implementation of transportation operations technologies and practices. Focuses on traffic operations relating to work zone mobility, security and traffic incident management, road weather management, and traffic control devices.

  2. FUNCTIONS:

    1. Advocacy: Serves as the FHWA advocate and a national leader for advancing the state of the art and practice in traffic operations. Represents FHWA on a variety of national and international technical forums dealing with traffic control, weather response, security, and traffic incident management. Coordinates with other departments dealing with weather and represents the Agency's interests with the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services. Facilitates and supports the Incident Management Coalition and the National Associations Working Group. Advocates and supports the FHWA field structure in developing strong relationships with city and county level surface transportation operators.

    2. Strategic Planning: Where appropriate, develops and executes national policies and program initiatives in support of the DOT and FHWA Strategic Plans, to facilitate the safe and efficient operation of the surface transportation system.

    3. Legislation, Regulations, Policy, and Guidance: Develops legislative recommendations and interprets statutory provisions related to transportation operations. Develops and issues regulations, polices and guidance for transportation operations, including the MUTCD.

    4. Technology Delivery: Develops and demonstrates products, tools, and practices to improve traffic operations relating to work zone mobility in coordination with the Office of Safety, security and traffic incident management, road weather management, and traffic control devices. Leads the FHWA Work Zone Integrated Product Team and has primary responsibility for improving work zone mobility. Working with the Office of Infrastructure, develops strategies and techniques for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of maintenance management in the area of weather response practices. In partnership with the RC, develops training material to advance the state of the practice in operations and system maintenance. Working with both the RC and industry, designs and implements programs to advance the adoption of market-ready technologies.

    5. Advanced Product Development, Testing and Demonstration: In collaboration with the Office of Transportation Management, and RD&T, defines the transportation operations research agenda. Supports the development, demonstration, field operational testing, and evaluation of advanced technologies, standards, and practices designed to improve the mobility of people and goods, and/or enhance the efficiency of the surface transportation system. Supports the development, application and dissemination of simulation models designed to enhance operating decisions. Participates in cross cutting integrated product teams and takes a lead where the primary mission is operations improvement.

    6. Customer Outreach and Consultation: Seeks the views of DOT's field offices, and public and private-sector customers on the development and implementation of transportation operations technologies and strategies and uses that information in carrying out office functions. Provides information to its customers on the current and emerging technologies and strategies to improve transportation operations.

    7. Professional Development: Works with the Office of Technical Services and the university community to coordinate the resources and efforts necessary to support the development and execution of new training, and to advance the development of transportation operations curricula in universities. Similarly works with RD&T to coordinate resources and efforts necessary to package marketing materials, mobile demonstrations, exhibits, and the like. Coordinating with other FHWA offices, supports participation of the Office of Operations in external communications, Internet communications, publications, correspondence, and media responses.

    8. Information and Analysis: Develops appropriate data, modeling and simulation tools to carry out analyses necessary to support a transportation operations mission, science, and practice. In partnership with other FHWA offices, public agencies, and the private sector, uses the information developed to identify and evaluate new technologies, standards, practices, regulations, and programs.

    9. Monitoring and Evaluation: Conducts evaluations to assess policy and program effectiveness. Uses results to improve program performance and guide future program development. Initiates system and process improvements to continually improve the quality of the Office of Transportation Operations programs, products, and services.

    10. Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices: Updates and maintains the MUTCD and supporting documentation. In partnership with the field offices, promotes and assures correct application.

    11. Emergency Preparedness: Coordinates the development of FHWA emergency preparedness plans, including the development and implementation of a continuity of operations plan for Headquarters. Maintains reliable emergency communications system for the agency and provides emergency preparedness training. Supports the U.S. DOT Crisis Management Center with monitoring and reporting of crisis situations.

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