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Office of Policy & Governmental Affairs

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What We Do

We support our mission through several different program areas:

Highway Costs and Funding Options

This program area is focused on understanding and tracking costs of highways to both users and agencies, along with studying different funding options for them. This includes, but is not limited to, identifying and evaluating highway-related costs attributable to different user categories, such as vehicle classes, and assessing if the user fees paid cover their highway cost responsibility. Some of the highlighted activities of this program area are the Highway Cost Allocation Study program (HCAS), quarterly publication of the National Highway Construction Cost Index (NHCCI), and the Highway Revenue Forecasting Model.

Research, Analysis and Data Dissemination

This program area is dedicated to research and analysis of Transportation Future, Emerging Trends, Policy Impacts, and advanced policy-related topics to support informed and data driven decision makings to cost-effectively and safely address projected future mobility needs for a broad range of users and communities. Some of the highlighted activities within this program area are research projects and reports such as the biennial Future Trends report, development and maintenance of policy impact analysis tools and research such as the Geo-Economic Multimodal System (GEMS), and support of different dissemination activities to engage stakeholders, such as Office of Transportation Policy Studies symposium series.

Conditions and Performance Report

The Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions and Performance Report to Congress (C&P Report) is a biennial report dating back to 1968—to satisfy reporting required by 23 United States Code (U.S.C.) §503(b)(8) and transit systems required by 49 U.S.C. §308(e), beginning in 1993. The report provides decision makers with an objective appraisal of the physical conditions, operational performance, and financing mechanisms of highways, bridges, and transit systems based on both their current states and their projected future states. The highway future investment scenarios developed for this report are based on the Highway Economic Requirement System (HERS) and the National Bridge Investment Analysis System (NBIAS). Both HERS and NBIAS are used to estimate future investment needs based on current pavement and bridge conditions, respectively, and/or estimate future conditions based on known investment levels. The HERS model also includes current and future traffic volumes to estimate future system expansion needs. Both models use benefit-cost analysis to select projects for improvement. The Transit Economic Requirements Model performs a similar function for transit systems. Starting with the 24th edition, an interactive dashboard is available to facilitate exploration of the data underlying a handful of exhibits presented in the report.

Benefit-Cost Analysis

Prepare regulatory impact analysis for FHWA regulations and ensure that these analyses are consistent with Office of Management and Budget and Office of the Secretary of Transportation–Policy requirements. Develop and apply Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) methodologies and techniques for assessing the cost-effectiveness of highway discretionary grant proposals, proposed regulations, and policy options, such as the quantification of benefits associated with infrastructure resilience. Forecast needs, provide training, and manage volunteers and contractors needed to staff the BCA reviews associated with discretionary grant applications.

Enterprise Performance Management

Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) provides a comprehensive and transparent view of our agency’s organizational management and the interconnectivity between strategic, program, and unit efforts.

EPM is a collection of internal processes that integrate performance, risk management, and strategic planning into resource allocation decision-making and provides the framework by which the Agency plans, manages, and evaluates organizational performance.

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