Legislation and Budget
The Office of Corporate Research, Technology, and Innovation Management provides leadership and support in developing the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Research and Technology (R&T) program, including drafting legislative, policy, strategic, and budget documents and coordinating the development and review of documents with other FHWA and United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) offices and outside organizations. This includes the development of materials and guidance for the annual FHWA R&T budget delivery process through coordination with the program offices. Additionally, this office directly supports and participates in the process of establishing fiscal year R&T budgets based on priority investments and availability of funds, which includes providing support to the Chief Scientist and the FHWA Research Oversight Committee to identify priority research areas, develop a process to ensure investment in the right research and essential support for the conduct of relevant meetings, and develop supporting materials.
This office also manages the development and coordination of the materials that are included in the annual Administration budget, which includes providing drafts of budget language for consideration by the program offices, coordinating responses, and serving as the point of contact with the FHWA Budget Office. This process generally includes an initial submission with additional passbacks from the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST).
This office manages and coordinates legislated reporting requirements associated with the research program, including the development and coordination of the Annual Modal Research Plan, the Annual Funding Report, and the Annual Performance Plan. This office is also responsible for responding to other requests related to the R&T budget that may come from the OST, Congress, or outside organizations as appropriate.
The Office of Corporate Research, Technology, and Innovation Management coordinates the solicitation of comment and feedback within FHWA R&D regarding official requests from Congress, the Government Accountability Office, and the Office of the Inspector General.