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Capital Project Delivery
Project-Level Risk-Based Stewardship and Oversight Agreement
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is responsible for the administration of the Federal-aid Highway Program (FAHP) under Title 23,
USC and associated laws, such as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). MAP-21 builds on the foundation of the previous
bills supplying the funds and refining the programmatic framework for investments needed to maintain and grow our vital transportation
infrastructure. MAP-21 introduced a Transportation Performance Management requirement and further flexibilities in managing the FAHP.
These laws allow States to assume delegated responsibilities for FHWA in certain National Environmental Policy Act approvals and in
the design and construction of some Federal-aid projects.
As a result of the legislation, the FHWA and the NJDOT are required to enter into a Stewardship Agreement regarding the level
of responsibility under Title 23, USC. The FHWA must comply with laws and regulations, and also is responsible for improving
the efficiency and effectiveness of the transportation systems.
In 2013, in response to MAP-21 requirements and findings of recent audits, FHWA implemented a more systematic Stewardship and Oversight
approach for fulfilling its responsibilities in delivery of the FAHP. This approach is intended to be more risk-based, driven by objective
data, more consistent from state to state, and to improve the FHWA’s ability to add value to projects and programs. The new process is
Risk-Based Project Stewardship and Oversight (RBSO). The goal of risk-based project stewardship and oversight is to optimize the
successful delivery of projects and assure compliance with federal requirements.
Part of the stewardship effort includes FHWA project-level oversight. The FHWA utilizes the
“Project of Division Interest (PoDI) Evaluation Process"
(pdf 175k) to identify a PoDI. When identified, those PoDIs and their corresponding Individual Project
Oversight Plan (IPOP) will be added to the list below: