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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-06-037
Date: April 2006

Performance Plan Fiscal Year (FY) 2006-2007

The Strategic Framework

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Research, Development, and Technology (RD&T) Performance Plan is a 2-year plan that serves as a roadmap for our research program and directs efforts to improve operations and enhance services. The RD&T Program directly supports the strategic goals of FHWA and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and helps FHWA achieve its mission of enhancing mobility through innovation, leadership, and public service. The RD&T Performance Plan describes the research, services, and other activities we conduct in support of the FHWA Research and Technology (R&T) Program. The RD&T Performance Plan also illustrates how our activities are aligned with the strategic goals and objectives of FHWA and USDOT. The plan includes a detailed list of projects and target completion dates developed in conjunction with headquarters and field offices as part of multiyear research and technology program plans.

Federal Highway Administration Mission and Goals

FHWA is charged with the broad responsibility of ensuring that America's roads and highways continue to be safe and technologically up to date. FHWA's R&T Program supports the Agency's mission to enhance mobility through innovation, leadership, and public policy. It helps achieve the USDOT and Agency strategic goals and is stakeholder driven. Stakeholders are engaged throughout the entire R&T process from agenda setting through the conduct of research, technology and innovation (T&I) deployment, implementation, and customer feedback.

FHWA Vision…

Improving Transportation for a Strong America

FHWA Mission…

Enhancing Mobility through Innovation, Leadership, and Public Service

FHWA Roles…

Leaders for National Mobility

Stewards for National Highway Programs

Innovators for a Better Future

FHWA Strategic Goals…

FHWA aggressively pursues its vision and mission by focusing on six strategic goals:

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.

Corporate Research and Technology

FHWA developed an Agencywide plan for R&T called the Corporate Master Plan (CMP) for Research and Deployment of Technology & Innovation. The plan outlines FHWA's corporate strategy for investing in and conducting cooperative research with partners and stakeholders. The CMP includes 7 guiding principles and 26 Agency commitments, which are designed to increase the effectiveness of all FHWA offices, as well as our partners and stakeholders in determining research priorities and deploying T&I.

In implementing the plan, the Agency is committed to developing a more robust advanced research agenda, using functional area, multiyear plans (roadmaps), employing a merit review process, evaluating research and deployment activities, engaging stakeholders, and effectively communicating the R&T Program. The CMP is available on the FHWA Web site at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/legsregs/directives/policy/cmp/03077.htm.

Multiyear Program Plans

FHWA's research activities are identified in multiyear program plans (roadmaps) that are developed with stakeholder input and tied to the FHWA and USDOT strategic goals. The plans include long-term goals and interim milestones, which are revisited on a periodic basis.

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