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Federal-Aid Highways: Increased Reliance on Contractors Can Pose Oversight Challenges for Federal and State Officials
GAO-08-198: Published: Jan 8, 2008. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 2008.
Pressure on state and local governments to deliver highway projects and services, and limits on the ability of state departments of transportation (state DOT) to increase staff levels have led those departments to contract out a variety of highway activities to the private sector. As requested, this report addresses (1) recent trends in the contracting of state highway activities, (2) factors that...
Highway Emergency Relief: Reexamination Needed to Address Fiscal Imbalance and Long-term Sustainability
GAO-07-245: Published: Feb 23, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2007.
Since 1972, Congress has authorized $100 million a year for highway disaster recovery needs through the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Emergency Relief (ER) program. Increasingly, the program's actual costs have exceeded this amount, and Congress has provided additional funding. Because of this fiscal imbalance between program funding and program needs, we reviewed ER under the Comptrolle...
Highway Trust Fund: Overview of Highway Trust Fund Estimates
GAO-06-572T: Published: Apr 4, 2006. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 2006.
The Highway Trust Fund is the principal mechanism for funding federal highway and transit programs through receipts from excise taxes charged to highway users, such as taxes on motor fuels. The Department of Treasury (Treasury) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) each prepare estimates of future receipts for the Highway Trust Fund semiannually. Treasury's receipt estimates are combined with...
Federal-Aid Highways: Trends, Effect on State Spending, and Options for Future Program Design
GAO-04-802: Published: Aug 31, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2004.
In 2004, both houses of Congress approved separate legislation to reauthorize the federal-aid highway program to help meet the Nation's surface transportation needs, enhance mobility, and promote economic growth. Both bills also recognized that the Nation faces significant transportation challenges in the future, and each established a National Commission to assess future revenue sources for the H...
Highway Projects--Extent of Unobligated Balances for Demonstration Projects as of April 30, 2004
GAO-04-935R: Published: Aug 18, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 2004.
Congress has provided funding for numerous highway demonstration projects in legislation authorizing surface transportation programs as well as in annual appropriations acts for the Department of Transportation (DOT). In some cases, the projects are identified in the legislation itself. In others, they are identified in committee reports accompanying the legislation. These projects are all designa...
Federal-Aid Highways: Cost and Oversight of Major Highway and Bridge Projects--Issues and Options
GAO-03-764T: Published: May 8, 2003. Publicly Released: May 8, 2003.
Improving the oversight and controlling the costs of major highway and bridge projects is important for the federal government, which often pays 80 percent of these projects' costs. Widespread consensus exists on the need to fund such projects, given the doubling of freight traffic and worsening congestion projected over the next 20 years, yet growing competition for limited federal and state fund...
Highway Infrastructure: Preliminary Information on the Timely Completion of Highway Construction Projects
GAO-02-1067T: Published: Sep 19, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2002.
The United States is the most mobile nation on the planet. Constructing, improving, and repairing roads and bridges is fundamental to meeting the nation's mobility needs to facilitate commerce, national defense, and pleasure use and to promote economic growth. Therefore, it is important that highway projects using federal financial support are completed in as timely a manner as possible. According...
Highway Infrastructure: Interstate Physical Conditions Have Improved, but Congestion and Other Pressures Continue
GAO-02-571: Published: May 31, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2002.
Federal spending on Interstate highways has contributed to changes in residential and business land-use patterns. In 1991, GAO raised concerns about the condition of Interstate highways and rising levels of congestion. The original purposes for the Interstate system were to provide for efficient long-distance travel, support defense, and connect metropolitan and industrial areas. Today, the most i...
Highway Financing: Factors Affecting Highway Trust Fund Revenues
GAO-02-667T: Published: May 9, 2002. Publicly Released: May 9, 2002.
The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century changed the budgetary treatment of programs financed by the Highway Trust Fund. The act guaranteed annual funding levels for most highway and transit programs and linked highway user tax receipts, such as those from motor fuel and truck tire taxes, to the annual funding levels for highway programs. Revenue aligned budget authority adjustments are...
Highway Trust Fund: Overview of Highway Trust Fund Financing
GAO-02-435T: Published: Feb 11, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2002.
The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century changes the budgetary treatment of programs financed by the Highway Trust Fund. In particular, the act guaranteed annual funding levels for most highway and transit programs and linked highway user tax receipts, such as those from motor fuel and truck tire taxes, to the annual funding levels for highway programs. Revenue aligned budget authority a...