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Publication Number: FHWA-RD-03-085
Date: September 2003
Office of Research, Development, and Technology Fiscal Year 2004/2005 Performance Plan
The FHWA research approach emphasizes cooperation, information sharing, and research agenda development with State and local governments, academia, and the private sector. Research conducted at TFHRC is aligned with FHWA’s vision, mission, and goals.
Vision and Mission
In the new FHWA mission statement, “Enhancing Mobility through Innovation, Leadership, and Public Service,” the Agency 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.” The rewording of the mission statement reflects R&T’s important contribution to enhancing mobility, and it underscores FHWA’s commitment to organizationally “raise the bar” on T&I development and deployment.
To support the role of being “innovators for a better future,” RD&T management commits to coordinating R&D with and for our stakeholders and partners; supporting an environment that encourages innovation deployment; and creating improved T&I deployment processes. In light of these guiding principles, RD&T provides the world highway community with the most advanced R&D related to new highway technologies, focusing on solutions to complex technical problems.
FHWA Goals for FY 2004
Safety—Continually improve highway safety.
Mobility and Productivity—Preserve, improve, and expand the Nation’s highway transportation system while, at the same time, enhancing the operation of the existing highway system and intermodal connectors.
Global Connectivity—Promote and facilitate a more efficient domestic and global transportation system that enables economic growth.
Environment—Protect and enhance the natural environment and communities affected by highway transportation.
National Homeland Security—Improve highway security and support national defense mobility.
Organizational Excellence—Advance FHWA’s ability to manage for results and innovation.
FHWA “Vital Few”
The “Vital Few” are the key areas with performance gaps that must be addressed in the short term. Achieving performance improvements in the following priority areas will require greater emphasis during FY 2004/2005: