Suggested Revisions to the Annual Highway Safety Work Program in Virginia

Report No: 77-R10

Published in 1976

About the report:

This paper describes some suggested revisions in the format of and method and procedures for compiling the Annual Highway Safety Work Program (AHSWP) required of the states by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Prior to fiscal year 1972, the states were required to send little information to the NHTSA (then the National Highway Safety Bureau) regarding activities and expenditures for future highway safety projects. Following the introduction of the Annual Work Program, however, the states were required to submit multi-year and annual plans and projections in a format similar to that of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting Systems (PPBS) models adopted during the 1960's by many federal agencies. It is suggested that problems with the AHSWP, both those caused by the system itself and those resulting from a lack of confidence in it by state program administrators, have impeded effective program management in the states. Revisions-to the AHSWP, which are based upon some of the data elements and information requirements of the Program Information Reporting System, the Design Manual for State Traffic Records Systems, and certain aspects of the management by objectives concepts now embraced by the NHTSA, are felt to be an asset to state highway safety program management. Examples of the new approach are given.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Clinton H. Simpson, Wayne S. Ferguson

Last updated: January 28, 2024

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