U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
|ACTION: Quality Assurance Stewardship Review Summary Report for Fiscal Years 2003 and 2004
|May 3, 2005
|/s/ Original signed by:
King W. Gee
Associate Administrator for Infrastructure
|In Reply Refer to:
|Directors of Field Services
Resource Center Managers
Federal Lands Highway Division Engineers
In my February 17, 2004, memorandum on the Quality Assurance Stewardship Reviews, I announced that a series of reviews were going to be conducted during FY 2004 on the use and implementation of quality assurance procedures. Attached for your use is a copy of the summary report from those reviews and the reviews that were held during FY 2003. At this time, I would like to thank the division offices and State personnel for their time and cooperation, which made these reviews a success.
The report covers both the positive findings and opportunities for improvement. I bring your attention to the section of the report covering the use of contractor test results under opportunities for improvement. This area generated the largest amount of concern. In particular, I am asking those divisions where a State uses contractor test results in the acceptance decision to review this part of the report to see if their State's program exhibits similar issues and take appropriate actions.
As indicated in the report, we are continuing the reviews in FY 2005 and beyond. A review has already been completed in the State of Maryland and commitments have been made to perform reviews in Oregon and Minnesota. We are also in consultation with several other divisions for future reviews.
Also noted in the report is a status of the efforts that have been made to increase the amount of resources that are available to help address issues in this area.
The report will be posted on both the Office of Pavement Technology and Office of Asset Management web sites in the near future. A limited number of printed copies of the report will also be available upon request. If you have any questions concerning the report or other efforts in the quality assurance area, please contact Mr. Michael Rafalowski at 202-366-1571 or Mr. Ken Jacoby at 202-366-6503.