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Date: September 20, 1996

Memo: State Planning and Research Program-Peer Exchange

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Subject: INFORMATION: Peer Exchange for State Planning and Research Program Date: September 20, 1996
From: Associate Administrator for Research and Development  
To: Regional Federal Highway Administrators Reply to
Attn. of: HRD-10

The regulations (23 CFR 420 Subpart B) require that each State must agree to peer reviews of its Research, Development, and Technology Transfer (RD&T) management process to be eligible for the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) planning and research funds. A peer review (exchange) is to be conducted at least once every 3 years. The State is responsible for selecting and organizing the peer exchange team. The FHWA (HRD-10) is responsible for establishing and maintaining a list of qualified peer exchange team members from which the State must select at least two members of its team.

Attached is a copy of the "selection process" that has been developed for establishing the FHWA list of qualified peer exchange team members. Nominations may be submitted in accordance with the attached process to the Associate Administrator for Research and Development (HRD-10).

The State hosting the peer exchange is responsible for paying, if necessary, the peer exchange team members' travel expenses. The regulations permit the use of 100 percent SP&R funds for this activity. Consideration has been given to establishing a pooled fund study for this activity. However, based on an information survey and discussions at the recent Research Advisory Committee meeting, we do not believe a pooled fund study is necessary. If any State has an administrative problem with reimbursing peer exchange team members' travel expenses, we will work with them on an individual basis to find a solution.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Charles W. Niessner at 703/285-2100.

R. J. Betsold

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