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
The executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials said AASHTO wants to help the major-party presidential candidates build on their pledges to boost infrastructure spending by developing detailed project and funding plans. Bud Wright made the comments in an interview with AASHTO's Transportation TV and in remarks to AASHTO Journal, in which he underscored the importance of the next president following up on the new investment promises and of Congress fully funding current transportation programs. "Both of the leading [presidential] candidates are talking about transportation as an important priority and have, I will say, vague plans for what they intend to do," he said. "What we would like to do is help them think through their plans a little more closely, actually develop a specific plan for how they might proceed, and certainly emphasize the importance of honoring their commitment to invest in infrastructure," he told the Journal. View the full story in the October 21 AASHTO Journal
USDOT Guidance Details FAST Act Requirements for State Freight PlansIn an Oct. 14 Federal Register notice, the U.S. Department of Transportation provided detailed guidance to states on how to prepare the freight plans they must develop to qualify for federal freight program funding, and offered extensive recommendations on how to set up voluntary advisory committees. The guidance represented modal agencies other than transit, from those focused on highways to railroads, trucking to pipelines and maritime shipments. It emphasized that the USDOT in preparing the document took into account the differences among states and their need for flexible federal rules. So the notice carefully spelled out what elements were required by last year's Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, and which are USDOT recommendations but are not required. "DOT recognizes that states vary in their transportation needs and system requirements, particularly regarding multimodal freight transportation," it said. "Some of the recommended elements may not be relevant to every state, and as such, do not have to be included in the plan." View the full story in the October 21 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.