Table B-7. Review of PHMSA RDT Program

Table B-7. Review of PHMSA RDT Program

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Investment Criterion Program Evidence
Relevance •   All RD&T supports DOT's safety strategic objective.
•   Planning workshops held by the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) provide stakeholder input on RD&T gaps and priorities.
•   An OPS Blue Ribbon Panel comments on program priorities and performance measures.
Quality •   To the extent possible, PHMSA awards research contracts and grants through a competitive, merit-based process.
•   Retrospective quality review is provided through the OPS Blue Ribbon Panel and customer outreach.
Performance •   The RD&T budget aligns program activities with specific performance goals.
•   The budget identifies sources of data for measuring success or failure in achieving the goals.
•   All goals support broader DOT objectives.
•   RD&T performance is retrospectively documented in DOT's annual Performance and Accountability Report.

*PHMSA was part of the former RSPA when this review for FY 2005 was conducted.