FY 2008 Request: $7,416,000
FTE: 30.0 [includes 12.0 overhead]
The statistical compilations component of this program brings together data from the Bureaus programs and other national data sources to produce the Congressionally mandated Transportation Statistics Annual Report, which presents the state of transportation data and discusses 13 different topics specified by Congress in SAFETEA-LU. In response to SAFETEA-LUs mandate to compile and publish a comprehensive set of transportation statistics, the program produces National Transportation Statistics as a broad reference, now updated quarterly on the web. The BTS pocket guide to transportation provides aggregate statistics in an easy to use format, consistent with the SAFETEA-LU mandate to make statistics published by BTS readily accessible to the public. The data in these products cover the DOT strategic goals of safety, mobility, global connectivity, security, and environmental stewardship.
To assure the quality of these compilations and of individual data programs throughout the Department, the Methods and Standards program coordinates efforts to develop standards for transportation data; develops and implements statistical standards and policy for the BTS; maintains with the DOT-CIO the statistical quality guidelines for the Department; consults with other DOT operating administrations on statistical issues; and provides statistical support for DOTs annual performance report. These also are Congressionally mandated roles for BTS under SAFETEA-LU, and relate to the DOT strategic goal of organizational excellence.
The Compilations, Methods and Standards program also prepares publications and other materials for printing and posting on the web, and handles product distribution. Publishing statistics is a Congressionally mandated role for BTS under SAFETEA-LU.
Without the Compilations, Methods and Standards program:
Congress would not have the annual report on transportation statistics it has mandated since 1991, and the information available for that report could be less accurate, reliable and relevant because the guidelines mentioned above would not be developed;
Transportation planners, decisionmakers, the media, and the public would lose many authoritative compilations of multimodal transportation data covering most transportation topics and updated regularly.
Statistical compilations include recurring print and web publications: National Transportation Statistics, the annual report to Congress, and the BTS Pocket Guide to Transportation. The program also provides transportation data to the White House website, and improves and disseminates transportation data through multinational exchanges. As required under SAFETEA-LU, the program also interacts with the Transportation Research Board on a data needs assessment.
The Methods and Standards program will conduct statistical standards compliance reviews to assess and help promote quality for BTS data systems and information products; refine BTS statistical standards and guidelines to provide procedural tools and specific descriptions of minimum levels of quality; provide consulting support to other DOT modes to help ensure that rulemakings and other program actions are based on sound, defensible data; and provide statistical support for the Departments Performance and Accountability Report.
BTS will continue to produce, publish and make available a core set of online and print documents, and scheduled data releases, at a level commensurate with resources. This includes a Congressionally mandated annual report, a web edition of National Transportation Statistics; a Pocket Guide to Transportation, and regularly scheduled data releases. It also includes data interchanges with Canada and Mexico. This program will also provide assistance to the DOT operating administrations for the DOT Performance and Accountability Report, perform data quality reviews of BTS data systems requested by the BTS Director, and provide training on BTS data quality standards and its confidentiality standards.