Welcome to the website of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Finance and Administration, or SCOFA. We address a wide range of issues and interests including general administrative practices, civil rights, financial management, transportation finance policy, uniform accounting procedures, human resource management, information systems, legal affairs, public affairs, and internal/external audit. Given the current economic and political climate, there is no shortage of challenges ahead of us in the area of transportation finance and administration. I hope that you will find this website to be a useful resource in addressing such challenges.John SchroerCommissionerTennessee Department of Transportation
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue working to develop a continuing resolution, or CR, that could clear both chambers, keep government agencies funded through Dec. 9 and avoid a potential government shutdown after the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. An agreement remained elusive, as Senate Democrats signaled they might object to a CR filed Sept. 22 by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. It would keep funding transportation programs and most federal agencies for now at fiscal 2016 levels, approve 2017 appropriations for military construction and veterans' programs, include money to fight the Zika disease outbreak and opiod epidemic, and provide flood aid to several states. But McConnell's proposal did not include immediate funding Democrats had sought for the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich. The Senate had already voted to include the Flint aid in a new Water Resources Development Act, but it would presumably be months before the Senate could negotiate a final WRDA bill with the House that had yet to vote on its version of the measure. View the full story in the September 23 AASHTO Journal
GAO: State DOTs Raise Concerns About Funding Levels to Improve Bridge ConditionsThe U.S. Government Accountability Office said officials from a number of state departments of transportation and local agencies have told GAO staff they are challenged by "inadequate funding" as they try to maintain or improve conditions of their roadway bridges. "Officials from a majority of the states and local agencies we interviewed cited inadequate funding as a challenge for their bridge programs," the GAO said in a new report that focused on how the Federal Highway Administration monitors the linkage between federal funding and bridge conditions. The report said staff from the GAO-the auditing arm of Congress-interviewed DOT officials from 24 states and the District of Columbia about their bridge programs; 14 of them raised concerns about lack of adequate funds to meet growing needs in a period when federal bridge funding has held fairly constant. View the full story in the September 23 AASHTO Journal
This regularly updated document tracks recent burst of state-level initiatives around the country aimed at raising revenues for transportation investment
View a comprehensive array of illustrative revenue options to address surface transportation funding gaps
For a complete list, please refer to AASHTO's
All 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have the opportunity to designate one official member on the Committee. For questions about Committee business and membership appointments, please contact Jennifer Brickett or Bud McDonald.