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FHWA Order M1100.1A

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FHWA Delegations and Organization Manual
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M1100.1A January 12, 2005

Contents

PART II (ORGANIZATION AND FUNCTIONS)

Chapter 4 (Office of Infrastructure)

Section 1. Associate Administrator

  1. What is the mission of the Office of Infrastructure? To provide leadership, technical expertise, and program assistance in highway, pavement, and bridge programs, and in other engineering activities

  2. What are the functions of the Office of Infrastructure?

    1. Advocacy. Serves as the FHWA advocate in highway, pavement, and bridge program and engineering activities including those of design, construction, inspection, maintenance, and asset management.

    2. Strategic Planning and Quality. Develops national highway, pavement, and bridge program and engineering policies and guidance in support of 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 of programs, products, and services.

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

    4. Technology Delivery. Leads, in cooperation with divisions, the FHWA Resource Center, and the Offices of Operations, Safety, Federal Lands Highway, and Planning, Environment, and Realty, the development of near-term Research, Development, and Technology (RD&T) program plans (roadmaps) in the areas of highway construction and physical maintenance, pavements, and structures. Assists in the marketing and dissemination of information on emerging technology resulting from such RD&T activities. In partnership with the Resource Center, designs and implements programs which deploy new technologies to continuously advance the "state-of-the-best-practice" industrywide. Partners with the Resource Center and other appropriate offices in developing and evaluating training courses related to highway, pavement, and bridge engineering, and asset management. Develops technical documents and guidance materials related to that training, and provides instructors in some cases.

    5. Highways for LIFE Program (Long lasting highways using Innovative technologies and practices to accomplish Fast construction of Efficient and safe pavements and bridges). Administers the Highways for LIFE (HfL) program. Works with FHWA offices and a wide array of stakeholders. Accomplishes goals through performance standards, best practicable technologies, and improvements in materials, equipment, facilities, processes, contracting practices, and approaches to highway financing. Coordinates and provides recommendations for initiating and implementing engineering innovation in transportation in such areas as acceleration of construction, safety, quality, innovative financing, innovative contracting procedures, and the use of innovative materials in construction projects. Leads the coordination and development of a tactical business plan for training and technology to accomplish the HfL goals and provides support and oversight to FHWA offices in implementing the business plan. Identifies, adapts, and deploys performance standards and technical innovations to improve the quality, life, performance, and safety of the Nation's highway infrastructure. Allocates funds to provide the financial impetus needed to rapidly move proven, but underutilized, market-ready technologies and methods into practice in the highway construction business. Develops, coordinates, and administers eligibility criteria and policy for projects and for funding for technology partnerships. Provides for the selection of technology partnerships and projects, as authorized. Leads, coordinates, and administers partnerships with industry and other stakeholders. Represents the FHWA as members and officers in national and international associations.

    6. Discretionary Programs. Establishes uniform requirements and eligibility policies for the apportionment, allocation, and use of Federal-aid highway and bridge funds, and provides for the selection of projects for discretionary funding.

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

    8. Outreach and consultation. In cooperation with the Offices of Operations, Safety, Federal Lands Highway, and Planning, Environment, and Realty, and the field offices, provides and maintains ongoing communication links with FHWA’s customers and partners and other constituencies, seeking their views and feedback.

    9. 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 Administrator.

    10. 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.

    11. Highway Programs. Coordinates and provides policy direction for the Appalachian Highway Program and the Territorial Highway Program.

    12. National Bridge Inspection Program. Leads FHWA's activities for the National Bridge Inspection Program; accumulates the inspection data into a national database; and performs bridge needs analyses resulting in the apportioning of bridge funds.

    13. 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.

    14. Major Structures. Provides for the approval for complex and unusual bridges and other structures on the Interstate System.

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

    Highways for LIFE Team

    Office of Program Administration

    Office of Bridge Technology

    Office of Pavement Technology

    Office of Asset Management

Section 2. Office of Program Administration

  1. What is the mission of the Office of Program Administration? To administer and provide program assistance on eligibility information, geometric design of Federal-aid highways, contract administration, and innovative contracting regarding the Federal-aid highway program

  2. What are the functions of the Office of Program Administration?

    1. Advocacy. Serves as the FHWA advocate for the Federal-aid highway program and eligibility information, geometric design of Federal-aid highways, contract administration, innovative contracting, continuous quality improvement, and related technical activities, technology development, outreach, and partnering initiatives.

    2. Strategic Planning and Quality. Develops national Federal-aid highway program, geometric design, 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 engineering programs, products, and services .

    3. Legislation/Program. Develops and evaluates legislative proposals related to the Federal-aid highway program, contract administration, and geometric design in cooperation with other FHWA Headquarters offices and the field organization. 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. Leads, in cooperation with divisions, the Resource Center, and the Offices of Operations, Safety, Federal Lands Highway, and Planning, Environment, and Realty, the delivery of program information and new technology in special areas of the Federal-aid highway program such as relocation and accommodation of utilities, the Emergency Relief (ER) program under Title 23 U.S.C. 125, toll highways, project oversight and approval under Title 23 U.S.C. 106, contract administration, employment of consultants for engineering services, value engineering, the Appalachian Highway Program, the Territorial Highway Program, the Interstate Highway Program, and the special interest congressional projects such as the High Priority Projects Program.

    5. Discretionary Programs. Develops policy and 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, and policy and allocating ER funds.

    7. Construction Cost Analysis. Analyzes and provides information on construction contract bidding, construction materials usage, and price trends for Federal-aid highway construction contracts.

    8. Local Roads Program. Provides leadership and guidance to FHWA’s county road advisors, and partners with local roads agencies such as the American Public Works Association and the National Association of County Engineers.

    9. Civil Rights (External). Assists the Office of Civil Rights in the development of construction-related EEO and DBE program policies and procedures.

    10. National and International Services. Represents the 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.

    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 vehicles such as: the Focus newsletter, Transporter, Public Roads, trade journals, web sites, etc. Works with AASHTO, the Transportation Research Board (TRB), industry associations, other Federal agencies and the States to develop cooperative programs, leverage resources, and co-sponsor initiatives.

Section 3. Office of Bridge Technology

 

  1. What is the mission of the Office of Bridge Technology? To provide technical expertise for major and unusual bridges, tunnels, and hydraulic/geotechnical structures; provide policy direction and guidance for bridge inspection, replacement, and rehabilitation; and promote innovation through technology delivery.

  2. What are the functions of the Office of Bridge Technology?

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

    2. Strategic Planning and Quality. Develops national bridge 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 bridge engineering, bridge programs, and tunnel, hydraulic, and geotechnical engineering. Develops bridge, tunnel, hydraulic, and geotechnical policy and program direction including appropriate regulations, to interpret and implement the applicable provisions of transportation legislation.

    4. Technology Delivery. Leads, in coordination with the Resource Center, divisions, and other Headquarters offices, in the development of near-term RD&T program plans (roadmaps). 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 Resource Center and other appropriate offices, in developing and evaluating training courses related to structural, tunnel, hydraulics, and geotechnical engineering. Develops technical documents and guidance materials related to that training, and provides instructors in some cases.

    5. Bridge Program Eligibility and Funding. Provides leadership for the Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program. Establishes uniform requirements and eligibility policies for the apportioning and use of Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program funds. Provides national bridge program information and assistance in that regard to Congress, other DOT and FHWA offices, the States, industry, the media, and the public. Develops the allocation plan for the selection of projects for the bridge discretionary program.

    6. Engineering Innovation. Coordinates and provides policy direction for initiating and implementing bridge, tunnel, hydraulic, and geotechnical engineering innovation in transportation, including the use of innovative systems 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. Technical Expertise. Provides expert level review and approval for complex and unusual bridges and other structures (e.g., tunnels, hydraulic structures, and geotechnical features) on the Interstate system. In response to and in cooperation with divisions and the Resource Center, 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, welding, hydraulic structures, and geotechnical features. Conducts expert level technical studies of design, construction, and maintenance problems for which there is little or no precedent.

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

    9. 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 vehicles such as: Focus, web sites, Transporter, Public Roads, trade journals, etc. Works with, AASHTO, TRB, industry associations, other Federal agencies, and the States to develop cooperative programs, leverage resources, and co-sponsor initiatives.

Section 4. Office of Pavement Technology

  1. What is the mission of the Office of Pavement Technology? To administer engineering policies, develop standards and procedures, provide technical assistance, and lead innovative technology for the design and rehabilitation of highway pavements.

  2. What are the functions of the Office of Pavement Technology?

    1. Advocacy. Serves as the FHWA advocate for pavement materials, design, rehabilitation, and related technical activities, technology development, outreach, and partnering initiatives.

    2. Strategic Planning and Quality. 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 the pavement engineering programs, products, and services. Maintains strategic one-of-a-kind experts to perform the above and following functions.

    3. Legislation/Program. Develops and evaluates legislative proposals related to pavement engineering issues in cooperation with other FHWA Headquarters offices and field offices. Develops policy and program direction, including appropriate regulations, to implement and interpret transportation legislation.

    4. Technology Delivery. Leads, in cooperation with the Resource Center, divisions, and other Headquarters offices, the development of programs, RD&T plans (roadmaps), market strategies, and information dissemination techniques for the establishment of a national pavement technology program. Partners with the Resource Center and other appropriate offices to develop training courses and materials and other technical documents related to emerging pavement engineering technology. Coordinates with related AASHTO and TRB units to develop implementation/market strategies for key national pavement technology program activities. Makes key presentations at conferences, seminars, and workshops, etc., on issues related to the national pavement technology program.

    5. Engineering Innovation. Coordinates and provides policy direction for initiating and implementing engineering innovation in pavement technology in such areas as Superpave, Long Term Pavement Performance, mechanistic pavement design, life-cycle costings, high performance concrete, and pavement structural evaluation at the network-level using a rolling wheel deflectometer.

    6. National and International Association Services. Provides national leadership to pavement technology program areas by representing the FHWA on intergovernmental or industry committees. Coordinates and maintains liaison with AASHTO committees, and 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 .

    7. 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 vehicles such as: the Focus newsletter, Transporter, Public Roads, trade journals, web sites, etc. Works with, AASHTO, TRB, industry associations, other Federal agencies, and the States to develop cooperative programs, leverage resources, and co-sponsor initiatives.

Section 5. Office of Asset Management

 

  1. What is the mission of the Office of Asset Management? To provide leadership and expertise in managing highway infrastructure assets utilizing progressive policies and practices that facilitate transportation investment decisions regarding preservation, improvement, operation, and technology.

  2. What are the functions of the Office of Asset Management?

    1. Advocacy. Serves as the FHWA advocate for asset management, system preservation, pavement management/analysis, bridge management/inspection construction and maintenance activities, and related technical activities, technology development, outreach, and partnering initiatives.

    2. Asset Management. Provides national leadership in asset management principles for highway program administration. Develops asset management policies for pavement, bridge, and system preservation. Partners with other FHWA Headquarters offices and field offices, along with AASHTO and others, in conducting nationwide program.

    3. Strategic Planning and Quality. Develops national policies and guidance for asset management, system preservation, pavement management, bridge management/inspection in support of DOT and FHWA Strategic Goals, Objectives, and Corporate Management Strategies. Initiates systems and process improvements to continually improve the quality of the Office of Infrastructure’s programs, products, and services.

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

    5. Technology Delivery. Leads, in cooperation with the Resource Center, divisions, and the Offices of Operations, Safety, Federal Lands Highway, and Planning, Environment, and Realty, the development of programs, RD&T plans (roadmaps), market strategies, and information dissemination techniques. Partners with the Resource Center and appropriate offices to develop training courses and materials and other technical documents related to emerging technology. Coordinates with related AASHTO and TRB units to develop implementation and market strategies for key national technology program activities.

    6. Engineering Innovation. Coordinates and provides policy direction for initiating and implementing engineering innovation in system preservation, pavement, and bridge management activities including life-cycle cost analysis.

    7. National and International Association Services. Represents the FHWA as members and officers in national and international associations. Works with associations to advance the engineering areas of asset management, construction, maintenance, pavements, and bridges. The associations include the AASHTO Construction, Maintenance, and Bridge Subcommittees and related technical committees, research entities, industry associations, and public works organizations.

    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 vehicles such as: the Focus newsletter, Transporter, Public Roads, trade journals, web sites, etc. Works with, AASHTO, TRB, industry associations, other Federal agencies, and the States to develop cooperative programs, leverage resources, and co-sponsor initiatives.

Office of Infrastructure

FHWA ORDER M 1100.1A, Chg 38 Part II, CH. 4

(January 12, 2005)

Organization chart - Office of Infrastructure
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