Construction Project Staffing Strategies for Effective Program Oversight

State departments of transportation (DOTs) continue to struggle with constrained resources resulting from staff reductions. These same departments are challenged to ensure that legal, environmental, and federal requirements are met and documented for all federal and state funded construction projects. As such, many agencies have decided to hire full or part time consultants, create limited term positions, and recruit co-ops or similar staff to supplement their work force. Currently, a national need exists to analyze DOT staffing practices, their use of supplemental resources, and review of the state-of-the-practice of the types of work being outsourced. Such an analysis will help to determine the optimal staffing levels to ensure proper inspection and documentation of federal aid contract work. The results are needed by DOTs to help guide central office, regional, district, and local construction field offices in optimal staffing levels for construction projects. This research is vitally important to all DOTs to help guide them as they balance the requirements for construction inspection and oversight with new technologies and efficiencies. All agencies will benefit with more unified and efficient use of resources. Research is needed to determine the optimal types of projects for consultant oversight for better utilization of staff as well as developing procedures, protocols, and tools for resource acquisition and allocation. The objective of this research is to develop guidance to help DOTs determine how to effectively and efficiently balance program oversight responsibilities using agency staff and outsourced contractors. The guidance should identify best practices as determined by state DOT agencies, and include a workforce planning toolkit with various optional inputs for project size/cost, geography, available staffing, complexity, and technologies.


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  • Status: Proposed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    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:

    Rogers, William

  • Start Date: 20150806
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40223

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572377
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: 20-107
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2015 1:01AM