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Table 10-2. Research Evaluation Processes in Operating Administrations

Table 10-2. Research Evaluation Processes in Operating Administrations

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Agency Review Process Recent Reviews and Recommendations FY 2006 Reviews
FAA Annual review by the Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC)

Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) reviews safety-related commercial space transportation R&D
REDAC: November 2005 letter report recommends that FAA:

Develop a procedure for identifying and funding research on emerging aircraft

safety issues

Develop a procedure for funding researcher-initiated aircraft safety
projects

Ensure that aircraft safety research is connected with operational needs

Enhance collaboration with other agencies in environmental RD&T
Fund scoping studies on fuel, energy, and water quality issues

Strengthen domestic and international environmental research partnerships

Establish a working group to recommend research to determine the degree to which separation standards can be reduced using existing technology

COMSTAC: Provided recommendations in January 2006 on research proposals of interest to the industry
REDAC:
June 20, 2006

COMSTAC:
October 26, 2005
May 23-24, 2006
FHWA Periodic review by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Research and Technology Coordinating Committee (RTCC)

Lab Assessment Program
RTCC: Met twice in FY 2006 and provided advice on issues including:

Implementation of the Corporate Master Plan for Research and Technology

Conduct and management of an advanced research program

Conduct of the Lab Assessment Program

Engaging University Transportation Centers in carrying out a national surface transportation research agenda

Lab Assessment: Independent panels assessed research at FHWA's Aerodynamics, Coatings and Corrosion, and Crash Analysis laboratories
RTCC:
November 1-2, 2005 June 14-15, 2006

Lab Assessments:
March 13-16, 2006
June 19-22, 2006
September 9-14, 2006
FMCSA Regular inputs on planning and programs from key stakeholders Stakeholder Forum: January 2006 forum addressed research needs and accomplishments in key areas, including:

State data quality

Lane departure warning systems development and deployment

Large Truck Crash Causation Study

Medical programs

Wireless inspection technologies

Fatigue management

Hazardous materials safety
Sixth Annual Forum:
January 22, 2006
FRA Annual review by the TRB Committee for the Review of the FRA Research, Development, and Demonstration Programs; other external review mechanisms Committee Report: May 2005 letter report concludes that FRA:

Is making progress on completing the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System network, which the committee feels is vital to the full development and deployment of positive train control and other applications

Should, to the extent possible, close out remaining high-speed-rail projects so that resources can be deployed elsewhere

Continue work on a new five-year strategic R&D plan and include in the plan:
(1) consideration of the intermodal effects of safety countermeasures;
(2) discussion of planned outreach to customers and stakeholders; and
(3) measures of the effectiveness of research results

Address railroad congestion issues, particularly the relationship between rail system capacity and safety
Review Committee:
June 28-29, 2006
FTA Transit Research Analysis Committee (TRAC)
TRAC Report: March 2006 letter report commends FTA for the completion of the September 30, 2005, Strategic Research Plan and makes several recommendations, including:

Move aggressively to brief stakeholders on the Strategic Research Plan

Review the plan annually in light of current events and accomplishments

Develop a three-to-five-year research program plan linking the Strategic Research Plan with FTA's annual program of research
TRAC:
December 5-6, 2005
July 6-7, 2006
NHTSA
Broad-based research meetings with automotive manufacturers and suppliers Research Meetings: Meetings with auto manufacturers and suppliers to discuss developments in automotive technologies and deployment strategies that include specific recommendations for:

New Car Assessment Program

Lane departure warning systems

Advanced occupant restraint systems

Vehicle compatibility
Research Meetings:
Honda
December 5-6, 2005

Hyundai
March 1, 2006

General Motors
March 29, 2006

Automotive Occupants Restraints Council:
March 17, 2006

Society of Automotive Engineers:
May 8-10, 2006

PHMSA Periodic outreach events, stakeholder meetings, peer reviews
R&D Forum: March 2005
government/industry pipeline safety R&D Forum identified the following key challenges:

Maintaining the safety, security, and reliability of an aging pipeline infrastructure

Managing significant energy demand forecasts

Protecting the environment while addressing national energy needs

Fostering the development of new technologies and strengthening industry consensus standards

Leveraging research resources while improving program performance
R&D Workshops:
January 25-26, 2006

February 28-March 1, 2006
RITA National Research Council (NRC) Review of RD&T Strategic Plan NRC Review: June 2006 NRC panel review assessed the draft RD&T Strategic Plan and DOT's research coordination process and submitted a letter report in August 2006
NRC Committee:
June 21-22, 2006