FY 2008 Request: $536,000
RITA was created by Congress with the primary objective of serving as the Department’s focal point for coordinating, facilitating and reviewing crosscutting and cross-modal research, and for enabling new technology deployment across all modes. To fulfill this role, RITA provides strategic direction to and coordinates the Department’s research programs through annual program reviews, budget and performance planning and prioritization, and performance tracking and reporting.
In response to the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) 2006 recommendations, in FY 2008 RITA will improve Departmental RD&T coordination by:
The base funding in FY 2007 for the RD&T Coordination program is $247,500. RITA will continue to lead the RD&T Planning Council and Team to identify research priorities and opportunities for collaboration on crosscutting RD&T.
In direct support of the DOT Organizational Excellence strategic objective, RITA managed RD&T coordination through the RD&T Planning Council and Team (per DOT Order 1120.39A) to promote the efficient use of DOT RD&T funds, prevent duplication and encourage joint RD&T efforts. In FY 2007, the following accomplishments are planned:
The proposed FY 2008 activities will enhance Department-wide coordination by focusing DOT’s efforts to increase evaluation and measurement activity and engage internal and external stakeholders. These activities will enable RITA to recognize unnecessary duplication and help identify the Department’s best opportunities for concentrating research efforts to gain the best investment. In addition to ongoing planning and coordination activities, such as the Annual Report to Congress, staff support to the Planning Council, updates to the strategic plan, budget guidance, budget reviews, and program reviews, RITA will initiate or enhance the following in FY 2008:
The funding increase will provide for an enhancement of Department-wide coordination efforts to increase evaluation and measurement activities and engage internal and external stakeholders. These activities will enable RITA to recognize unnecessary duplication and help identify the Department’s best opportunities for concentrating research efforts to gain the best investment.