Research Program Design---Administration of Highway and Transportation Agencies. New CEO Orientation and Peer Exchange on Teamwork Between an Agency CEO and a Transportation Board or Commission

As the average tenure of chief executive officers (CEO) of state transportation agencies has declined in recent years, increasing numbers of CEOs may find themselves newly appointed, with limited experience in dealing with the issues that operating a large public transportation agency entails. Many of these issues are common to all state transportation agencies (that is, DOTs--departments of transportation and the like), but the particular institutional and governance arrangements within states may influence how issues arise and are most effectively addressed. For example, a number of CEOs must work with independently-elected or appointed boards or commissions who have significant roles in policy and budget matters. Experience has shown that new CEOs value and benefit from opportunities to discuss the challenges and experience of DOT leadership with their more seasoned peers. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) staff and leadership seek to make such opportunities available periodically by organizing one- to three-day peer exchanges and leadership forums highlighting current issues facing the organization's member agencies. Research under the NCHRP Project 20-24 series of projects over the past two decades has provided intellectual and logistical support for a number of these events. The objectives of this research are to conduct background analyses, organize, provide intellectual and logistical support, and document a workshop with new and more experienced CEOs to discuss leadership challenges. The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) anticipates the workshop will engage AASHTO staff and possibly senior Federal Highway Administration officials as well. The research is being conducted in two parts, with funding, principal investigators, and research teams as follows: (1) NCHRP 20-24(99)A Teamwork Between a State Transportation Agency and a Transportation Board or Commission: $40,000, Thomas A. DeCoster and (2) NCHRP 20-24(99)B New CEO Orientation and Peer Exchange Workshop: $210,000; Paula Hammond (Parsons Brinkerhoff)


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $250000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-24(99)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Lemer, Andrew

  • Performing Organizations:

    Parsons Brinckerhoff

    3200 Tower Oaks Boulevard
    Rockville, MD  United States  20852
  • Principal Investigators:

    DeCoster, Tom

    Hammond, Paula

  • Start Date: 20141003
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150603
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37595

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543402
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-24(99)
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 14 2014 1:01AM