Table 5. RDT Evaluation Processes

Table 5. RDT Evaluation Processes

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Operating Administration Evaluation Process Recent Evaluations and Recommendations FY 2008 Reviews
FAA (1) Annual review by Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC)

(2) Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) reviews safety-related commercial space transportation R&D
REDAC: November 2007 letter report recommends that FAA:

•   Provide resources to address environmental concerns associated with new aircraft and systems

• Enhance collaboration with NASA to coordinate R&D activities

• Assert leadership in applied aeronautical Human Factors R&D in support of research requirements

• Align its activities in research areas necessary for NextGen implementation and certification of advanced technologies

• Further develop program linkage between its environmental and safety-related fuels initiatives

COMSTAC: Provided recommendations in January 2008 on research proposals of interest to the industry
REDAC:
October 3, 2007
March 5, 2008
COMSTAC:
October 10-11, 2007
May 15-16, 2008
FHWA (1) Periodic review by Transportation Research Board (TRB) Research and Technology Coordinating Committee (RTCC)

(2) Laboratory Assessment Program
RTCC: Met twice in FY 2007 and provided advice on issues including:

• Implementation of the Corporate Master Plan for Research and Technology

• Prioritization of research needs by the highway community

• Technology transfer and deployment strategies

• Implementation of the Exploratory Advanced Research Program

Lab Assessment: Independent panels assessed research at FHWAs Highway Safety Information Systems, Geometric Design, Bridge Management Information Systems, and Nondestructive Evaluation Validation Center laboratories
RTCC:
November 5-6, 2007
March 10-11, 2008
Lab Assessments:
Fall 2007
Spring 2008
Summer 2008
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

• Large Truck Crash Causation Study

• Medical programs

• Wireless inspection technologies

• Fatigue management

• Hazardous materials safety
Ongoing reviews by the Motor Carrier Advisory Committee:
December 6-7, 2007
FRA (1) Annual review by TRB Committee for the Review of the FRA Research, Development, and Demonstration Programs

(2) Other external review mechanisms
Committee Report: May 2007 letter report concludes that FRA:

• Should provide research assistance and guidance for the development of standards for interoperable PTC and related systems

• Should provide tools for use by industry and government agencies to develop means to (1) determine capacity, (2) formulate metrics for measuring capacity, and (3) develop a methodology for quantifying the benefits of investments in rail network capacity

• Should provide tools for use by industry and government agencies to develop means to (1) determine capacity, (2) formulate metrics for measuring capacity, and (3) develop a methodology for quantifying the benefits of investments in rail network capacity

• Should provide tools for use by industry and government agencies to develop means to (1) determine capacity, (2) formulate metrics for measuring capacity, and (3) develop a methodology for quantifying the benefits of investments in rail network capacity

• Should consolidate findings and research related to energy and environmental issues from projects undertaken in all areas
TRB Review Committee:
Fall 2007
FTA Transit Research Analysis Committee (TRAC) TRAC Report: May 2007 letter report commends FTA for its efforts to develop a multi-year research program plan responsive to the goals in its strategic research plan, and makes several recommendations, including:

• Ensure a research portfolio that is comprehensive, balanced, and consistent with the research plan

• Reformulate ridership goal in light of the effect of current research activities

• Undertake research aimed at demonstrating the potential impact of transit on national goals such as reduced road congestion and environmental stewardship

• Explore opportunities to involve the University Transportation Centers in FTA research
TRAC:
June 2008
December 2008
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:
TBD
PHMSA Periodic outreach events, stakeholder meetings, peer reviews Peer Review of Pipeline Safety R&D: Peer reviews of 27 active research projects in March 2007 resulted in ratings of Effective to Very Effective by the expert panelists

R&D Forum: A Government and Industry workshop on pipeline safety R&D held on February 7-8, 2007 identified key challenges, including:

•      Environmental protection and the transportation of new fuels

•      Improving an effective technology program through stakeholder communication

•      Maintaining the safety, security, and reliability of an aging pipeline infrastructure
Pipeline Safety R&D Forum:
TBD to FY 2009

Peer Reviews:
May 1, 6, and 14
RITA National Research Council (NRC) Committee on the Review of the DOT Strategic Plan for RD&T NRC Review Committee: June 2006 NRC panel review assessed the draft RD&T Strategic Plan and DOTs research coordination process and submitted a letter report in August 2006 NRC Committee:
TBD