This directive was canceled on January 6, 2010
- What is the purpose of this directive?
- Does this directive cancel an existing FHWA directive?
- What is the background concerning this directive?
- What are the major changes?
- Where can I get additional guidance on the FHWA directives system?
- What is the purpose of this directive? This is a new FHWA
Directives Management Program Handbook. It describes the FHWA directives
system and its requirements, and gives you guidance on how to prepare
official directives. This Handbook also gives you information on the
categories of FHWA directives and their uses, and describes the entire
process for preparing, obtaining approval, and posting FHWA directives
on the FHWA Directives and Policy Memorandums Website.
- Does this directive cancel an existing FHWA directive? Yes.
This directive cancels the outdated FHWA Order H 1321.1A, FHWA
Directives System Handbook, dated December 5, 1980.
- What is the background concerning this directive? This
issuance describes the current FHWA directives system requirements. It
emphasizes the preparation and issuance of directives in electronic
format. For many years, the FHWA has printed official directives in
large quantities and distributed them by mail to the FHWA staff, States,
and other end-users. During that time, large quantities of directives
copies were routinely stored in the DOT Warehouse. Today, the signed
directives are issued in electronic format by postings on the directives
website. Copies of directives are no longer printed, mailed, or stored
in the DOT Warehouse. The former Directives System Handbook focused on
issuing directives in paper format. This new Handbook focuses on
preparing draft directives and transmitting them within FHWA using
e-mail, and paperless issuance. Also, this Handbook encourages you to
prepare new FHWA directives consistent with the President's Plain
Language Initiative. This new Handbook follows the plain language
guidelines, and sets an example for you as a directives writer or user.
Further information on the plain language initiative can be found at
- What are the major changes? In addition to emphasizing the
use of e-mail, the directives website, and plain language concepts
relative to the directives process, this Handbook eliminates the FHWA
Bulletin as one of the official directive categories. Over the years,
the Bulletin has been issued in paper format for routine communications
such as key assignment announcements and to transmit reports and
publications. The increasing use of e-mail memorandums to announce the
agency's administrative actions has caused the Bulletin to become
obsolete. With this elimination of the Bulletin, the FHWA directives
issuance process is now completely paperless. Also, the procedures for
preparing regulations documented in the Directives System Handbook are
not included in this Handbook. The regulations guidance can be found in
the FHWA Regulations Manual.
- Where can I get additional guidance on the FHWA directives
system? If you have questions or concerns about the FHWA directives
system, you may contact the FHWA Directives Control Point (DCP) at
Michael J. Vecchietti
Director of Administration