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1965 Administrator Rex Whitton approves changes in the Highway Engineer Training Program as recommended by an Agency study group he appointed to review training. The changes are designed to improve the curriculum's effectiveness and achieve a sizable increase in productive work accomplished by junior engineers.
1968 Interim EEO policies and procedures go into effect governing prequalification of Federal-aid contractors and subcontractors.
1992 FHWA sponsors the first meeting of the National Recreational Trails Advisory Committee, authorized by the Symms National Recreational Trails Act of 1991, part of ISTEA. The committee will review the use of funds allocated by the States under the new trails funding program and establish and review criteria for trail-side and trail-head facilities that qualify for funding. The committee will also recommend policy changes that will advance the Symms Act. George Schoener, Chief, Intermodal Division, is FHWA's ex-officio representative, along with Recreational Trails Program Manager Christopher Douwes.
1997 General Kenneth R. Wykle takes the oath of office as the 14th Federal Highway Administrator. Wykle retired from the Army in 1995 with the rank of Lt. General, serving as Deputy Commander in Chief of the U.S. Transportation Command. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater notes that Wykle would be the second General to head the agency. The first, General Roy Stone, founded the agency as the U.S. Office of Road Inquiry on October 3, 1893.
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