Surface Transportation: A Comprehensive Plan Could Facilitate Implementation of a National Performance Management Approach, Report to the Ranking Member, Committee on Environment and Public Works, U.S. Senate   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Highlights: "Since 2008, Government Accountability Office (GAO) has highlighted the need to demonstrate the outcomes of the billions of dollars the Department of Transportation (DOT) provides to states and other grantees for surface transportation programs. Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) included provisions for DOT and its grantees to move toward a performance-based approach, transforming federal surface transportation programs by holding states and other grantees accountable for results, in many cases for the first time. GAO was asked to review DOT's implementation of transportation performance management (TPM). This report focuses on Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which administers the largest grant program of the three DOT agencies involved, and (1) examines the progress made in developing rules to establish a national performance-based approach and (2) evaluates how FHWA is guiding the transition to TPM, among other objectives. GAO reviewed proposed and final rules and information on rulemaking activities and interviewed FHWA officials, national transportation organizations, and a non-generalizable sample of 10 state departments of transportation, among others. States were selected based on factors such as geographic distribution, population, and urban and rural characteristics. FHWA should develop a TPM implementation plan that includes goals and specific actions and timelines, and publicly communicate that plan. DOT concurred with the recommendation. The agency also provided technical comments, which were incorporated as appropriate."

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