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
Across the nation, excise taxes on gasoline, diesel and to a lesser extent other motor fuels continue to generate revenue that states are plowing into transportation projects, while their residents enjoy pump prices that continue to fall. For the federal government and in most states, direct taxes on motor fuel are the largest source of dedicated highway and transit funding. And in recent years numerous states have bolstered their transportation spending through a wide range of measures, often including increases in motor fuel fees, to help reduce a backlog of project needs. But even with a growing number of states having raised their fees on motor fuel or considering such action, retail fuel prices have more than absorbed those increases and continued to fall due to broader market conditions. View the full story in the July 29 AASHTO Journal
Heat Wave Buckles Road Pavements, Train Tracks Across Country to Disrupt TravelThis year's extreme summer heat is buckling roadway pavements from the Southwest to the Great Lakes and disrupting train travel as overheated tracks bend or as trains slow down to try to spot possible "sun kinks" in the rails. The extremely high temperatures and humidity-especially during the "heat dome" of recent weeks that covered much of the nation-is also producing a rising death toll across the country of people overcome by the conditions. For state and local transportation crews, it can damage the roads and cause larger traffic backups, forcing travelers and repair crews to spend more time in the heat. The repairs sometimes require crews to replace concrete slabs or relay sections of asphalt. View the full story in the July 29 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.