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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $500,000 in 'Quick Release' Emergency Relief Funds for Idaho

Federal Funds to Help Repair Roads Damaged by Flash Floods

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the immediate availability of $500,000 in Emergency Relief funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) cover the costs of repairing roads damaged by flash floods near the town of Atlanta in Elmore County.    

News Digest DOT 74-14

U.S. Driving On the Rise, New Data Show.  New estimates released last Friday by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that Americans drove 2.969 trillion miles between May 2013 and May 2014, levels not seen since 2008. According to FHWA’s “Traffic Volume Trends” report, a monthly estimate of American driving, traffic in May 2014 was at the highest level for any May since 2007, and the second-highest of any May since data collection began in 1936. In the first five months of this year, U.S.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $750,000 in 'Quick Release' Emergency Relief Funds for Flood-Damaged Roads in Iowa

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the immediate availability of $750,000 in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help Iowa cover the costs of repairing roads damaged by flooding earlier this week.

“These funds are a down payment on repairs to help the people of Iowa," said Secretary Foxx. “Helping the state get repairs done quickly and improve conditions in affected areas is a high priority for all of us."

News Digest DOT 53-14

FMCSA Grants Exemption to Livestock Haulers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that drivers of vehicles hauling livestock will be granted a one-year exemption from the 30-minute break requirement during the first eight hours of a shift.

PIA - User Profile and Access Control System

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility of enhancing the highway movement of people and goods, while also ensuring the safety of the traveling public, promoting the efficiency of the transportation system, and protecting the environment.[1] To meet these goals, FHWA maintains effective communication with other federal agencies, state and local organizations, and members of Congress. With security always foremost in mind, as FWHA has automated much of this information sharing it also has implemented strict safeguards to protect against unauthorized or unintentional information exchange. The User Profile and Access Control System (UPACS) is one tool that helps FHWA accomplish this.

UPACS is a Web-enabled system designed to set and manage appropriate access to various FHWA systems, as well as detect unauthorized access. To do this, UPACS maintains a record of permissions, contact information, and other related data on each user that FHWA has determined requires access to one or more FHWA systems. When a user attempts to access an FHWA system, UPACS interfaces with the system in question, exchanging data that the system needs to permit or refuse access. UPACS logs also provide FHWA the information regarding access attempts it needs to monitor system usage adequately and identify possible unauthorized access incidents or security breaches. Additionally, in an effort to reduce data duplication with other systems, FHWA uses UPACS data to print telephone lists and provide other data in accordance with predefined and acceptable uses, outside of access control. With UPACS, FHWA can strike an effective balance between efficient information sharing and adequate security.

PIA - QuickHire

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility enhancing the highway movement of people and goods, while also ensuring the safety of the traveling public, promoting the efficiency of the transportation system, and protecting the environment.[1] One vital component involved in reaching those goals is finding and hiring the best people for the job. To manage this increasingly complex task while modeling frameworks described in the President's Management Agenda and the Human Capital Standards for Success, the comprehensive framework prepared by the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Personnel Management, and the General Accounting Office, FHWA is currently employing an automated human capital management tool QuickHire.

The QuickHire system is a publicly available Web site[2] through which applicants can provide information, apply for jobs, and track status; and through which FHWA Human Resources (HR) personnel can process the receipt of applicants, rate and rank applicants, communicate internally with hiring authorities, notify applicants of status, and overall streamline the hiring process. Applicants may enter the QuickHire system through consolidated online government job boards, such as through www.usajobs.com. If an applicants requests to apply for a DOT job, that applicant's Web browser is forwarded to the separate QuickHire Web site. As the federal government consolidates more of it HR activities, more or less of the ownership and control of QuickHire data and functionality may fall under the Office of Personnel Management.

PIA - National Highway Institute Web Portal

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility of enhancing the highway movement of people and goods, while also ensuring the safety of the traveling public, promoting the efficiency of the transportation system, and protecting the environment.[1]   One vital component involved in reaching those goals is providing training pertaining to highway activities, making sure that professionals and members of the public have access to the best, most accurate information. Towards this goal, the National Highway Institute (NHI) within FHWA develops and implements applicable training programs. To manage this increasingly complex task and to make the training process more accessible and useful, NHI is currently planning an automated online training management tool – the NHI Web Portal. This system is in the early planning and development phases, and all references to NHI in this document are subject to changes as the planning progresses.

The NHI Web Portal system will be part of a publicly available web site, www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov, available to members of the public who take applicable NHI-developed training. Through this system, members of the public will be able to sign up for and take NHI-developed training, link to a separate government web site to pay for that training, schedule and participate in a Web conference, track their training history, and request transcripts necessary for certification. In addition, the NHI Web Portal system will offer the ability to purchase course materials.

PIA - Knowledge Management

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility for enhancing the highway movement of people and goods, while also ensuring the safety of the traveling public, promoting the efficiency of the transportation system, and protecting the environment.[1] As one step towards accomplishing these goals, FHWA is sponsoring Web-based communities of practice (CoPs) to promote free and open knowledge exchange on such topics as environment and planning, air quality, high performance concrete, and transportation asset management.

This Knowledge Management system is a publicly available Web site through which the highway community discusses, collaborates, and exchanges ideas and practices on a wide range of interesting and timely topics on one of the FHWA Knowledge Communities. Also, the Knowledge Management system provides access to FHWA expertise through the Resource Center Expertise Locator (EL), enabling the public to quickly and easily identify a person or person(s) to answer inquiries on a variety of highway-related technical and program issues.

PIA - Freedom of Information Act Request Log Tracking System

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility for enhancing the movement of people and goods from one place to another, while also ensuring the safety of the traveling public, promoting the efficiency of the transportation system, and protecting the environment.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) tracking system contains records and related correspondence on individuals who have filed requests for information under the provisions of the FOIA, including requests for review of initial denials of such requests; copies of requested records; and records under administrative appeal. The system permits FHWA management and personnel to track and monitor FOIA requests, input processing data, and produce reports.

PIA - Federal Highway Administration Organization Information System (FOIS)

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility for enhancing the movement of people and goods from one place to another, while also ensuring the safety of the traveling public, promoting the efficiency of the transportation system, and protecting the environment.

To support and facilitate its management and human resource operations, FHWA maintains the FHWA Organization Information System (FOIS). FOIS is a Web-based application that contains several modules related to the different FHWA program divisions. One specific module, Emergency Contacts, contains and displays personally identifiable information (PII) on members of the public. The FOIS Emergency Contacts module allows authorized FHWA users to maintain emergency contact information for all employees. Because FHWA employees provide their own emergency contact information, the contact information in FOIS may include members of the public, such as the employee’s spouse and two additional emergency contacts. Another module, Employee Recognition, contains personally identifiable information (PII) on FHWA employees. The Employee Recognition module uses this information to send a personal e-mail to FHWA employees from the Executive Director. The PII is not displayed in this message.

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