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Publication Number: FHWA-RD-02-101
Date: January 2003
FY 2002 Performance Report
II. The Strategic Framework
The FHWA R&T Program
Managing FHWA's R&T program and communicating with our partners are important components of the RD&T mission. Like the R&T program, the RD&T program directly supports FHWA's and DOT's goals. FHWA's research approach emphasizes cooperation, information sharing, and formal research agenda development with State and local governments, academia, and the private sector. The RD&T Performance Plan illustrates RD&T's alignment with the DOT and FHWA vision, mission, and goals; documents the action agenda that will produce results; and lists the RD&T products and services.
The FHWA Leadership Team recently reexamined FHWA's vision, mission, and roles. In the new mission statement, "Enhancing Mobility through Innovation, Leadership and Public Service," FHWA affirms that research and innovation are integral to its mission. In fact, one of FHWA's three primary roles is to be "innovators for a better future." This key rewording of the mission statement reflects R&T's important contribution to enhancing mobility, and it underscores FHWA's commitment to organizationally "raising the bar" on technology and innovation development and deployment.
Safety—Improve highway safety.
Mobility—Improve the public's access to activities, goods, and services through preserving, improving, and expanding the highway transportation system, and enhancing its operations, efficiency, and intermodal connections.
Productivity—Improve the economic efficiency of the Nation's transportation system to enhance America's position in the global economy.
Human and Natural Environment—Protect and enhance the natural environment and communities affected by highway transportation.
National Security—Improve the Nation's national defense mobility.
Organizational Excellence—Advance FHWA's ability to manage organizational resources, to improve customer service and satisfaction, and to successfully deploy technologies and innovations.
FHWA "Vital Few"
Safety, Congestion Mitigation, and Environmental Stewardship and Streamlining can best be described as the Agency "to do" list. These goals reflect FHWA's desire to commit resources in areas where critical performance gaps exist and where the greatest impact can be made. In the next 3 to 5 years, our performance in these areas will define success for FHWA and affirm the need for a Federal role in highway transportation.
Based on discussions at the FHWA annual meeting, the Agency developed a new technology and innovation role statement, which affirms FHWA's new mission and declares our identity:
In FY 2002, FHWA completed a restructuring assessment to examine the state of its current organizational structure. The restructuring assessment team conducted 160 focus groups and structured interviews, 85 with external stakeholders and 75 with FHWA employees.
FHWA's "raising the bar" initiative supports the Agency's role as "Innovators for a Better Future." The initiative addresses recommendations from the FHWA restructuring assessment, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Research and Technology Coordination Committee's (RTCC) TRB Special Report 261, The Federal Role in Highway Research and Technology, and the recommendations from the Government Accounting Office (GAO) report on highway research. A new position of Director for Research, Technology, and Innovation Deployment was created, reporting to the Associate Administrator for RD&T. The strategy is to develop an FHWA "Corporate Master Plan for Research and Technology and Innovation Deployment." The plan will cover all phases, including setting research agendas, increasing the role of external stakeholders, using "roadmaps" (multiyear plans), evaluating research results, and deploying technology.
TRT Terms: Highway research--United States--Periodicals, Transportation--Research--United States--Periodicals, Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center--Planning.