Environmental Review Toolkit
Accelerating Project Delivery

Performance Reporting

Timeliness of NEPA Data


FHWA Environmental Tracking System

  • Project and Program Action Information System (PAPAI)
    In 2002, FHWA developed and implemented an internal environmental document tracking system (EDTS) for Environmental Assessments (EA), and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS). The system was developed to support the Environmental Streamlining and Stewardship “Vital Few” objectives. The ability to accurately track the length of time required to complete the NEPA process is an essential component of the environmental streamlining performance measure. This system is now integrated into the Project and Program Action Information System (PAPAI), which helps FHWA identify some of the factors that may affect the efficiency of the NEPA process. PAPAI aids FHWA’s ability to monitor project progress between major milestones throughout project delivery. In addition, PAPAI is utilized to determine the NEPA completion time from initiation of EIS and EA to the approval of the final environmental document and/or Record of Decision (ROD). FHWA Headquarters uses PAPAI for reports to Congress as required by legislation, Congressional inquiries, and requests for information from the Secretary and Administrator related, but not limited, to project milestones and completion timeframes. Also, PAPAI is used to populate the Federal Infrastructure Permitting Dashboard (Dashboard), an online public access website used to track project and permitting milestones, as required by FAST Act.

Florida Peer Exchange Report: Strategies and Approaches for Effectively Moving Complex Environmental Documents Through the EIS Process

  • FDOT and the FHWA Florida Division Office organized a Peer Exchange to identify successful strategies and approaches for effectively moving complex environmental documents through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process in a timely manner. This report provides a summary of the presentations and discussions that took place during the Peer Exchange. View the report.

FHWA/Gallup Study on Implementing Performance Measurement in Environmental Streamlining

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) contracted with The Gallup Organization to conduct a study that would obtain insights into the environmental streamlining process. The study included a qualitative component involving focus group research, and two quantitative components, a pilot study of Region 5, and a comprehensive national study that was both regional and national in scope. Discussions from focus group participants revealed common themes concerning relationships among the counterpart transportation and resource permitting agencies.

For more information on the Study, click here.


State Transportation Liaison Funded Positions Study, October, 2009

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) contracted with the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center to conduct a study on funded positions programs. The purpose of the study was to assess trends in the use of funded positions and provide recommendations to State DOTs and resource agencies to support more effective utilization of these programs. The study revealed common benefits, challenges, and decisionmaking steps that are involved in developing and managing funded positions programs.  View the report.  View PDF.


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