Over the last few weeks several of us have been talking about a
potential consolidated purchase by the state DOTs of the next round of
Census Transportation Planning Products (CTPP). Below is an excerpt
from summary that David Clawson of AASHTO prepared from the Standing
Committee on Planning meeting where the CTPP proposal was discussed.
Attached is a copy of the propasal which, while similar to the the 1990
and 2000 in terms data products, goes much further in regard to
technical assistance, research and training.
By way of note: David will be retiring form AASHTO and his last day is
December 15, 2006. I for one will miss David as he has been not only a
supported in all this CTPP business but has helped carry the water
within AASHTO for atleast the last two cycles, 1990 and 2000. I am sure
many of us will miss David.
Summary of October 28, 2006 SCOP meeting held in Portland, Oregon
The AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning met on October 28, 2006 in
Portland, Oregon in conjunction with the AASHTO Annual Meeting. Susan
Mortel, of Michigan DOT and SCOP vice chair presided
Jonette Kreideweis, Minnesota DOT, presented a report of the SCOP Data
Task Force, which she chairs. She first discussed a proposal for a
Consolidated Purchase by the States of the Census Transportation
Planning Products (CTPP) copy attached. Under this proposal, the 50
State DOTs and the District of Columbia would make a consolidated
purchase of the CTPP through AASHTO as was done for the 1990 Census and
2000 Census. Jonette distributed a copy of the proposal, which was also
sent to SCOPT prior to the Portland meeting. The proposal indicated the
cost to each state and the District of Columbia.
SCOP members discussed this proposal, with meeting participants
expressing support for the proposal and raising some questions about
AASHTOs timing and flexibility in collecting these funds. Dave Clawson
of AASHTO indicated that AASHTOs preference would be to receive the
funds in one or two payments, but that AASHTO would work with States on
a case by case basis to meet the State issues in making these payments.
SCOP approved the proposal for a new CTPP, which was also distributed to
the AASHTO Executive Committee. Dave Clawson indicated that following
this meeting, AASHTO would be sending financial commitment letters for
this project to each of the CEOs, with copies to their SCOP members.
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By now most have heard about the resignations of the Census Bureau's
director and deputy director. Attached is the latest Census News Brief
addressing this but also bringing us up-to-date on the status of the
Census Bureau's Fiscal Year 2007 funding and other tid-bits. There was
an article in yesterday's Washington Post about the resignations which
is also attached.