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Tribal Technical Assistance Program Pilot
December 6, 2017

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Welcome to today's Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) Update

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Communications Plan

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  • Pilot Begins
    • Introduce New Center
      • TTPCC Meeting
  • Training Begins
    • Share Annual Training Plan
      • TTPCC Meeting
  • Road Scholars Facility Fully Operational
    • Program Update / Virtual Listening Session
      • TTPCC Meeting
      • TTPCC Meeting


  • Program Update / Virtual Listening Session
  • Share Annual Training Plan
    • TTPCC Meeting
    • TTPCC Meeting
  • Program Update / Virtual Listening Session
    • TTPCC Meeting
  • Future TTAP Plans Update
    • TTPCC Meeting
    • TTPCC Meeting


  • Pilot Ends
    • Share Final Pilot Results

*Design - Test - Evaluate - Refine -
In collaboration with Pilot Participants + Stakeholders

TTAP Center virtual Centers of Excellents areas of study

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TTAP Center

  • Roads Scholars Certification Program
  • Virtual Centers of Excellence
    • Asset & Data Management
    • Project Delivery
    • Safety
    • Operations & Maintenance
    • Planning & Program Management

Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Virginia areas of study

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  • Asset & Data Management
  • Project Delivery
  • Safety
  • Operations & Maintenance
  • Planning & Program Management

Map shows the Roads Scholars Facility in Oklahoma and the TTAP Center in Washington

Pilot Roles and Responsibilities


  • Work collaboratively with Center to deliver a strong program
  • Guide program and answer questions or concerns that may arise
  • Monitor activities to ensure optimal program delivery
  • Communicate with and collect stakeholder feedback on pilot.

TTAP Center

  • Deliver a comprehensive training and technical assistance program
  • Ensure delivery in all 12 BIA regions
  • Maintain a commitment to delivering the most current, innovative, and effective training, tools, and other assistance
  • Recognize regional differences and find opportunities to share best practices to remedy local problems

Pilot Key Deliverables

Expand Develop Reduce Include / Promote Respond / Address Identify / Disseminate
Expand knowledge through increased training and technical assistance
  • Minimum of 4500 training hours annually
  • Minimum of 418 technical assistance hours per SME
  • Supplement face to face training with distance learning
Develop a national Road Scholars Certification Program Reduce redundant services
  • Leverage training resources available through other associations
  • Consolidate administrative functions
Include and promote market-ready, proven innovations and support high priority technical areas Respond and address regional highway issues in curriculum Identify, disseminate and encourage best practice application
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  • NTTAP Director (Business, Financial, Staffing and Personnel Management): Beth O'Donnell
    • Program Manager: Walt Catlett
      • Roads Scholar: Tony DeCresie, Kevin Regan
      • Virtual Centers of Excellence
        • Project Delivery: Kim Johnson, Marc Shepherd
        • Maintenance and Ops: James Bailey, Tim Thompson
        • Safety: Bruce Drewes, Todd Morrison
          • Injury Prevention: Carrie Brown, Tabatha Harris, Kelly Powell
        • Asset/Data Management: Allen Smith
        • Planning & Procurement: Herold Hudson, Diann Wilson
    • Staff Assistant/Logistics Coordinator: TBA
    • Communications/Technical Writer: Lianne Landers
      • Marketing
      • Case Studies
      • Website
      • Outreach
      • Conferences and Meetings
      • Toolkit

Beth O'Donnell, Director

Beth O'Donnell
  • Directs and oversees Virginia's Local Assistance Technical Program offering over 85 in person training workshops for more than 2,600 attendees each year
  • Envisions and implements multi-day training conferences and multi-location audio conferences to provide a platform for FHWA and VDOT technical transfer requests
  • Currently developing two distance learning training courses to widen LTAP/CTS reach
  • Has developed and led employee engagement and training opportunities

Walter C. Catlett, Education & Outreach

Walter C. Catlett
  • 30 years of management /command experience
  • Delivers training for ACPA and LTAP
  • Provides technical expertise to State DOTs and Public Works Department level

Lianne Landers, Communications

Lianne Landers
  • Written dozens of transportation-based news articles, such as Research in Action in partnership with the Virginia Transportation Research Council, and workshop/ instructor spotlights
  • Worked as an economic developer and community liaison

Road Scholars Certification Program

Tony DeCresie

Tony DeCresie directing a class
  • Nationally recognized and awarded training manager with 25 year track record.
  • Primary areas of expertise include highway and road work site safety training and heavy equipment operations safety.
  • Extensive DOT, LTAP and OSHA safety training, trailering and load securement, fleet safety and public works operations.
  • Previous work includes dump truck fleet operations and long haul trucking.

Kevin Regan

Kevin Regan on the job site
  • Founder of Municipal Safety Services and Senior Safety Consultant, has over 30 years of experience in Insurance, Risk Management & Safety Training
  • An extensive training portfolio including municipal work crews and all public works safety operations for numerous agencies and city operations.

Project Delivery

Marc Shepard

  • 21 years of transportation planning and project delivery
  • Instructor for the Texas LTAP
  • Texas DOT trainer for local governments

Kim Johnson

  • Texas LTAP Manager and Outreach Director
  • Provides local agency training in the Project Delivery, Maintenance and Operations field.
  • Developed and Manages Texas LTAP Gravel Road Academy

Core Curriculum

  • Getting Your Project Started
  • Developing a Statement of Work for A&E Consultant Contracts
  • Contract Management for A&E
  • Environmental Requirements for Transportation Projects
  • Environmental Permits, Certificates and Licenses
  • Storm Water and Erosion Control
  • Procedures for Right-of-Way Acquisition
  • Utility Coordination
  • Construction Contract Administration
  • Cost and Schedule Management
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • Project Completion and Closeout
  • Force Account Work
  • Emergency Relief Projects
  • Introduction to Highway Construction Inspection

Maintenance & Operations

James Bailey

  • Heavy Equipment Trainer for Texas LTAP
  • Manages personnel in the construction and maintenance of roadways at Bailey Materials

Tim Thompson

  • Gravel Road Academy & Heavy Equipment Instructor for the Texas LTAP
  • 30 years experience with Texas DOT as Assistant Maintenance Supervisor (District 10)/Maintenance Tech

Core Curriculum

  • Maintenance Administration
  • Developing Operational Budgets and Resource Allocation
  • Maintenance Condition Assessment
  • Bridge Inspection & Maintenance
  • Pipe Installation and Maintenance
  • Sign Maintenance and Management
  • Gravel Road Maintenance and Design
  • Stabilization and Dust Abatement
  • Roadside Maintenance
  • Pavement Preservation Strategies
  • Guardrail Installation, Maintenance and Repair
  • Work Zone Safety
  • Elevation and Grade Instruments and Use
  • Installation & Maintenance of Erosion Control Devises
  • Temporary Traffic Control
  • Winter Weather Operations


Bruce Drewes

  • LTAP Instructor in NV, AZ, CO, NE, ND, MS, NJ, TX and HI in the areas of Safety and Maintenance & Operations topics
  • 12 years experience as Training and Research Manager for the Idaho LTAP
  • 19 year experience in roadway design and construction at the Idaho Transportation Department

Todd Morrison

  • Delivered over 345 courses with the Kentucky LTAP providing training in Safety, Maintenance & Operations, and Project Delivery Topics
  • Supervised Maintenance and Traffic crews in a 10 county region for KY DOT
  • Supervised engineering staff that inspected all construction activities in a six-county region for KY DOT

Core Curriculum

  • Safety Plan Development
  • Improving Safety at Intersections
  • Improving Safety at Railroad Crossings
  • Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian
  • Road Safety Audits/Assessments
  • Worker Safety
  • Access Control: Intersections, railroad grade crossings and driveways
  • Safety Data: What data do I need and how do I collect it.
  • Crash Data Analysis
  • Low Cost Safety Improvements
  • Signalized Intersections
  • Roundabouts

Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention

Carrie Brown

  • Safety Circuit Rider for the National Indian Justice Center (Western TTAP)
  • Injury Prevention Coordinator for the Reno Sparks Indian Colony, Reno Nevada

Tabatha Harris

  • Safety Circuit Rider for the Southern Plains TTAP
  • Injury Prevention Program Coordinator for the Kaw Nation in Newkirk, OK

Kelly Powell

  • 18 years experience in the field of injury prevention as a Public Health Practitioner

Core Curriculum

  • Strategies to Increase Restraint Use
  • Basic Child Passenger Safety Awareness Course;
  • Prioritizing MVIP interventions;
  • National Standardized Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Course;
  • Car Seat Checkpoint;
  • IHS Level 1 Injury Prevention
  • IHS Level 2 Injury Prevention

Asset & Data Management

Allen Smith

  • 42 years of construction, civil engineering and land surveying experience
  • Professional surveyor in the state of Arkansas

Core Curriculum

  • Foundation for Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • GPS Data Collection and Asset Management
  • Developing an Inventory of Highway Features
  • Objective Prioritization of Needs
  • Understanding Life Cycle Costs and Optimum Treatment Types

Planning & Procurement

Herold Hudson

  • Coordinated Managers' Internal Control Program training for four commands of U.S. Army Reserve
  • CEO & CFO for the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

Diann Wilson

  • 18 years of experience providing procurement and grant writing training
  • Provides Traffic Incident Management instruction and certification in Oklahoma to Fire Fighters, Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Personnel, Tow, Recovery & Service Vehicle Operators, Emergency Management, OK DOT, County Employees and construction workers

Core Curriculum

  • Introduction to Planning
  • Developing your TIP
  • Long Range Transportation Planning
  • Data Collection and Use
  • Public Involvement
  • Financial Planning/Fiscal Constraint
  • Project Prioritization
  • Single Audit
  • Procurement 101
  • Procurement Planning
  • Procurement Process -Solicitation through Contract Award
  • Cost Estimating
  • Evaluation and Selection of Consultants
  • Contract Cost Negotiations
  • Contract Execution and Other Considerations
  • Contract Specification Writing
  • Alternative Delivery Methods

Technical Assistance

Workers digging around a pipe
  • Program Manager will ensure all requests are fielded by topically appropriate virtual Centers
  • Technical support will be provided via
    • telephone,
    • webinars,
    • virtual meetings, and
    • face-to-face consultations
  • Minimum of 416 hours per year per subject matter expert

Next Deliverable: 2018 Training Plan

  • 60 days to develop the plan for core curriculum training
  • 5460 hours annual training minimum
    • 56 hours of face to face training per virtual Center per month
    • 24 hours of online training per virtual Center per month


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For training and technical assistance needs over the next 90 days, please contact FHWA -Center for Local Aid Support:

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