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FHWA Order M1100.1A

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FHWA Delegations and Organization Manual: Chapter 2
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M1100.1A, Chg. 56 May 20, 2003 PART 1, CH. 2

PART I. DELEGATIONS OF AUTHORITY
CHAPTER 2. ORDER OF SUCCESSION

PARAGRAPH

  1. What is the purpose of this chapter?
  2. What is the order of succession to the position of Federal Highway Administrator?
  3. What authorities may be delegated to Headquarters and field officials?
  4. What is the order of succession to other key FHWA positions?

FHWA ORDER M 1100.1A
FHWA DELEGATIONS AND ORGANIZATION MANUAL
PART I. DELEGATIONS OF AUTHORITY

Chapter 2
Order of Succession

  1. What is the purpose of this chapter? This chapter provides for the continuity of essential functions through the orderly succession of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials to perform the duties of the Federal Highway Administrator in the event of the Administrator's absence, a vacancy in that office, or the inability of the Administrator to act during a disaster or national security crisis. In addition, the chapter requires that Headquarters and field Division Offices develop similar orders of succession to key positions.

  2. What is the order of succession to the position of Federal Highway Administrator?

    1. The Deputy Federal Highway Administrator is "first assistant" for purposes of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (5 U.S.C. §3345-3349d) and shall, in the absence or disability of the Administrator, or in the event of a vacancy in the Office of the Administrator, serve as the Acting Administrator, subject to the limitations established by law.

    2. In the event of the absence or disability of both the Administrator and the Deputy Administrator, or in the event of a vacancy in both the office of the Administrator and the Deputy Administrator, the official incumbents of the following positions shall, in the sequence shown, perform all of the functions and duties of the Administrator, except to the extent that such functions and duties may not be delegated by law. Persons appointed on an acting basis, or on some other temporary basis, are not eligible to serve as successor; therefore, the order of succession would fall to the next designated official in the approved order of succession.

      • (1) Executive Director

      • (2) Chief Counsel

      • (3) Associate Administrator for Policy and Governmental Affairs

      • (4) Associate Administrator for Operations

      • (5) Associate Administrator for Infrastructure

      • (6) Associate Administrator for Planning, Environment, and Realty

      • (7) Associate Administrator for Federal Lands Highway

      • (8) Associate Administrator for Safety

      • (9) Chief Financial Officer

      • (10) Associate Administrator for Administration

      • (11) Associate Administrator for Public Affairs

      • (12) Associate Administrator for Research, Development, and Technology

      • (13) Associate Administrator for Civil Rights

      • (14) Director of Field Services – West

      • (15) Director of Field Services – South

      • (16) Director of Field Services – North

      • (17) Director of Technical Services

    3. Directors of Field Services/Director of Technical Services. A Director of Field Services or the Director of Technical Services succeeding to the functions and duties of the Administrator may discharge the duties of that office from his/her location at the time of succession, until it is possible to relocate to the Headquarters Office.

  3. What authorities may be delegated to Headquarters and field officials?

    1. Deputy Federal Highway Administrator, Executive Director, Associate Administrators, Chief Counsel, Chief Financial Officer, Directors of Field Services, and Director of Technical Services. In the event of the absence or disability of the Administrator, or in the event that the Administrator's position is vacant, the Deputy Federal Highway Administrator is the only FHWA official authorized to serve as Acting Administrator. When serving as Acting Administrator, the Deputy Administrator is authorized to perform all of the functions and duties of the Administrator, including those functions and duties that are required by statute or regulation to be performed exclusively by the Administrator. In the event of the absence or disability of both the Administrator and the Deputy Administrator, or in the event that both the office of the Administrator and the Deputy Administrator are vacant, the officials in the order of succession indicated in paragraph 2b shall perform all the functions and duties of the Administrator, but may not serve as Acting Administrator.

    2. Division Administrators, and Federal Lands Highway (FLH) Division Engineers. When communications cannot be established with a higher authority during a national emergency, Division Administrators, and FLH Division Engineers are delegated the authority to perform, with respect to the geographic area to which he/she is assigned, the functions and duties of the position of Federal Highway Administrator. The delegations in this chapter shall not apply to any official who can establish and maintain prompt telecommunications with a designated higher authority.

    3. Termination of Delegation of Authority. The Federal Highway Administrator may terminate the delegations in this chapter, in whole or in part, at any time.

  4. What is the order of succession to other key FHWA positions?

    1. Deputy Federal Highway Administrator and Executive Director. Succession to the position of Deputy Federal Highway Administrator may follow that established for succession to the Administrator's functions and duties in paragraph 2b, based on the incumbent's or Acting Federal Highway Administrator's determination of the need for continuation of the Deputy position. Succession to the position of Executive Director will follow the order listed in paragraph 2b, above, with the exception that the Chief Counsel and Associate Administrator for Policy and Governmental Affairs will not serve in the capacity of Executive Director.

    2. Associate Administrators, Chief Counsel, Chief Financial Officer, Headquarters Office Directors, Directors of Field Services, and Director of Technical Services Associate Administrators, Chief Counsel, Chief Financial Officer, and Headquarters Office Directors shall develop an order of succession to his/her position to a depth of four or more positions. The Directors of Field Services and the Director of Technical Services shall develop an order of succession to his/her position to a depth of at least two positions. A copy of the order of succession, revised as necessary to keep it current, shall be provided to each individual listed on the successor list, and the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator in the Office of Operations (HOTO-1).

    3. Division Administrators and FLH Division Engineers. These key officials shall develop an order of succession to his/her position to a depth of at least two positions. A copy of the order of succession, revised as necessary to keep it current, shall be provided to the respective Director of Field Services or Associate Administrator for Federal Lands Highway and each individual listed on the successor list.

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