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NCHRP 20-115 [Anticipated]

Deploying Transportation Security Practices in State DOTs

  Project Data
Source: AASHTO Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management
Funds: $750,000
(funding from Transportation Security Administration)
Staff Responsibility: Stephan A. Parker
Fiscal Year: 2017

This project has been tentatively selected and a project statement (request for proposals) is expected in February 2018. The project statement will be available on this world wide web site. The problem statement below will be the starting point for a panel of experts to develop the project statement.

In 2012, the AASHTO Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management (SCOTSEM) adopted NCHRP Report 525, Volume 14: Security 101: A Physical Security Primer for Transportation Agencies. Since the publication of this volume, there have been significant changes and a substantial increase in knowledge about surface transportation security. In response to this changed landscape, NCHRP Project 20-59(51)A, “Update of Security 101: A Physical Security Primer for Transportation Agencies” was initiated in September 2015 to update the NCHRP Report 525, Volume 14 guidance and resource material. This new edition will include not only the latest state-of-the-practice recommendations on physical security, cybersecurity and infrastructure protection as defined in NCHRP Report 525, Volume 14, but will also present the transportation security function in the broader contexts of system resilience and sustainability, systems management and operations (broadly defined). The updated primer is scheduled to be available in the fourth quarter of 2017.

As part of this project, the contractor will prepare a stand-alone technical memorandum titled “Implementation of Research Findings and Products.” This required deliverable will (a) provide recommendations on how to best deploy the updated approaches into practice; (b) identify possible institutions that might take leadership in applying the research findings/products; (c) identify issues affecting potential implementation of the findings/products and recommend possible actions to address these issues; and (d) recommend methods of identifying and measuring the impacts associated with implementation of the findings/products.

Additionally, the contractor’s final report will contain an Implementation Plan that describes, at a minimum, (a) the “product” expected from the research; (b) the audience or “market” for this product; (c) a realistic assessment of impediments to successful implementation; (d) the institutions and individuals that might take leadership in applying the research product; (e) the activities necessary for successful implementation; and (f) the criteria for judging the progress and consequences of implementation.

As noted in the NCHRP Project 20-59(51)A request for proposals, “Implementation of these recommendations is not part of the [update] research project and, if warranted, details of these actions will be developed and implemented in future efforts.” All too often, research products are not fully deployed in state transportation agencies due, in part, to a lack of tools, training, and tutors. This research is intended to more effectively bridge the gap between security research and DOT practice and thereby reduce the risk to the nation’s travelers, economy, and infrastructure.

This proposed project supports and aligns with Goal 4 of SCOTSEM’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, “Advance the state-of-the-practice and awareness of transportation infrastructure protection and emergency management through training, technical assistance, and technology transfer activities.”

The final report summary for NCHRP Project 20-59(29), “All-Hazards Security and Emergency Management Implementation Plan,” November 2010, was used to identify potential deployment strategies and funding estimates.

The objective of this research is to develop and implement a comprehensive deployment and change management strategy assisting states that wish to more effectively evaluate and implement the revised security guidelines recommended in the updated primer and related material developed in NCHRP Project 20-59(51)A.

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