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FHWA P3 Program Plan

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Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Program Plan

FHWA's P3 Program Plan seeks to achieve the following measurable outcomes:
  • Understanding of P3s by key stakeholder groups, transportation leaders and elected officials.
  • P3s considered and included (if appropriate) in region-wide long-range transportation plans in major metropolitan areas and in State transportation plans.
  • Consideration of P3s in procurement and financing for major highway projects.
  • Improvement in the P3 capacity within State governments so that State governments are well equipped to support the consideration and selection of projects for P3 procurement through the planning process, to conduct the P3 procurement process, to manage P3 contract performance and evaluate post-implementation outcomes.
Contact: Patrick DeCorla-Souza, 202-366-4076.
Initiative/Strategy Ongoing Activities
(Highlights of activities underway within current fiscal year 2013)
Planned Activities
(Highlights of activities planned to start next fiscal year 2014 and beyond)
Conduct research on key questions
  • P3 Opportunities and Challenges - white papers
  • Key considerations in implementing a P3 for new highway capacity - primer, paper and fact sheet
  • Screening methods for identifying candidate P3 projects to address Major Projects finance plan requirement in MAP-21
  • Comparative case studies of representative U.S. and international projects that highlight maturing or evolving policies and practices
  • Lessons learned from legislative provisions for program development and procurement, especially with regard to attracting private investment and protecting the public interest
  • Advantages and disadvantages of alternative organizational forms for P3 units
  • Economic benefits and costs of P3s
  • Balancing public interest and market incentives and ensuring transparency in P3s
Develop appropriate tools, guides and best practice reports
  • P3 evaluation tools using value for money analysis
  • Standardized P3 contracts as required by MAP-21
  • Catalog and annotate key P3 provisions in current State legislation.
  • P3 evaluation tools incorporating benefit-cost analysis to account for non-financial benefits
  • Best practices for procurement, e.g., compensation structures, issues in negotiation including risk transfer, risk mitigation practices, concession length, method of payment, metrics for selection of winning bidder and providing bidding stipends
  • Best practices for performance monitoring and oversight, e.g., performance metrics, use of penalties and default provisions and rewards, handback provisions, managing toll structures, mechanisms for oversight, and contract re-negotiation
  • State-of-the-Practice in change management at transportation agencies to handle P3s
Capacity building, including training, education and dissemination of information through various electronic and other media
  • Develop and provide P3 evaluation training for P3 program managers and P3 staff at State DOTs and FHWA Division offices
  • Update external FHWA's P3 web site, develop primers and fact sheets
  • Deliver webinars and workshops for those implementing P3 programs
  • Support P3 activities such as workshops and conferences sponsored by stakeholder groups
  • Develop and provide training for legislative and policy staff at State legislatures and Governors' offices
  • Develop and provide training for P3 program managers, procurement officers, and financial and legal specialists at State DOTs and FHWA Division offices
  • Develop and provide training for P3 contract managers at State DOTs and oversight managers at FHWA Division offices
Ensure that applicable Federal laws, regulations and policy are effectively implemented on P3 projects
  • Develop and provide information to Federal policymakers on policies (e.g., for credit assistance) that could facilitate P3s
  • Develop and provide guidance to Federal planning and project development staff on implementation of laws, regulations and policies (e.g., LRP and TIP development) that could facilitate P3s
  • Continue technical assistance to Federal, State and local officials
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