|R&D Investment Criteria||How Applied||Actions Reflected in
FY 2008 Request
|Relevance||All RD&T supports DOT objectives and RITA's mission.
RITA works closely with internal stakeholders on all stages of program planning and execution through the RD&T Planning Council and Planning Team and through crossmodal working groups.
The RD&T Planning Council and Team prospectively review RITA RD&T.
|In FY 2006, RITA implemented a process for research coordination across the Department and prepared a Strategic RD&T Plan. Based on this experience and in response to the observations of the GAO, RITA is requesting increased funding for RD&T coordination in order to increase coordination efforts.|
|Quality||RITA awards funding on a competitive basis whenever possible.
In FY 2006, RITA contracted with the Transportation Research Board to review the Department's strategic RD&T plan, as well as posted said plan for public comment. This ensured that we had stakeholder participation and input.
|The quality of the Department's research programs will be enhanced through continued review and interaction with the NRC review committee.|
|Performance||DOT's RD&T Planning Council and Planning Team assess RD&T performance at annual program reviews.
Program results are linked to DOT and RITA performance plans.
Program results are annually assessed against long-term performance goals.
|As a result of applying the performance criterion, each University Transportation Center is held accountable for results based on their strategic plan and agreed upon outcomes.
In FY 2008, each center will report annual progress using quantifiable performance indicators.