Managing the Effects of Uncertain Federal Funding

The objectives of this research are to, at a minimum, address (1) the recent history of federal transportation funding uncertainty; (2) the nature and severity of impacts of federal funding uncertainty on the performance of state and local transportation agencies, the validity of the public involvement process, the resulting condition of assets and services, and effects on long-term economic growth; (3) the nature and effectiveness of approaches state and local transportation agencies are using to manage or mitigate federal funding uncertainty; and (4) opportunities for further application and development of successful management approaches to address funding uncertainty. The final deliverables from this research should include (1) an executive presentation summarizing the effects of uncertain funding and successful approaches for transportation officials and policymakers to address uncertain funding; (2) a summary report and presentation that associates readily available information on transportation condition and service levels to uncertain federal funding; and (3) a holistic discussion illustrating the total impact of uncertain federal funding on critical processes, management systems, system condition, and agency services to appropriate audiences. Uncertain federal funding has been continuous for decades. A document describing the effects on transportation agencies and successful approaches to address and mitigate the impacts would educate and influence policymakers and administrators regarding the complexity, difficulty, and decreasing value to decision-making under these circumstances. A fundamental understanding of the negative impact of delivering transportation projects and services using a required performance management approach with uncertain federal funding is overdue.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 19-16

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Schwager, Dianne

  • Start Date: 20180619
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01672555
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 19-16
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 18 2018 3:03PM