Governance

Issues & Modes / Governance

Governance is at the core of any transportation issue. Public, private, and nonprofit actors are the machinery that enables the economy to function, compete effectively for employers and labor, and foster innovation. The ability of agencies to respond to changing and expanding demands varies across the country as is shaped to a large extent by a range of different institutional and organizational structures. Governance determines who makes decisions about capital and operating plans and sets out a process for how those decisions are made. Each structure has its own implications for funding, equitable and effective service patterns, and economic growth.

Myths Surrounding Devolution of Federal Transportation Programs

As the lame-duck session of Congress approaches, there is nascent optimism within the transportation community that perhaps this could...

The Highway Trust Fund Under TEA21, SAFETEA-LU and MAP-21

November 20, 2014 The following chart shows Highway Trust Fund annual new spending obligation authority granted by Congress...

President Nominates NHTSA, STB Heads

November 20, 2014 As the USDOT nomination backlog at the White House builds, President Obama in recent days has nominated a new head...

Congressional Leadership & Committee Elections Begin

November 20, 2014 Members-elect of the upcoming 114th Congress have begun electing party leaders and selecting committee...

Backlash Against President’s Immigration Actions Threatens to Blow Up FY15 Omnibus

November 20, 2014 The staffs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have been working diligently for the last two weeks...

GAO Report Breaks Down FHWA Spending By Improvement Type

November 10, 2014 On October 9, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report requested by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)...

Tax Reform/Transportation Connection Mentioned Again

November 10, 2014 At his news conference on November 5, President Obama made it a point to single out infrastructure as a possible...

Election Gives Mixed Message For Trans. & Infra.

November 10, 2014 Voters in numerous states and localities sent mixed messages on transportation and infrastructure ballot...

Szabo Departure Adds To Vacancy List At DOT Modes

November 10, 2014 Federal Railroad Administrator Joe Szabo announced last week that he will be leaving FRA at the end of the year to...

Republican Strength in the U.S. House, 1913-2015

November 20, 2014 The 63rd Congress (1913-1915) was the first where the U.S. House membership was raised to its current level of...

Senate R’s To Vote On HTF Scoring Rule

November 10, 2014 As part of their organizational conference later this week, Senate Republicans who will serve in the upcoming...

Lame-Duck Agenda Expected To Be Limited

November 10, 2014 Congress returns this week for a post-election “lame duck” session of Congress in which party leaders will...

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