Strategic Plan: 2005-2007

Vision: The Special Committee on Transportation Security (SCOTS) is the voice and resource for state departments of transportation (DOTs) to improve transportation security across all modes.

Mission: SCOTS advocates for a secure transportation system by coordinating and collaborating with AASHTO, its members, and other agencies and professional organizations.


Objective 1.A. Achieve internal consensus among SCOTS members on a comprehensive, yet clear, definition of state DOTs' role in homeland security that acknowledges their role as initial responders

  • Prepare a succinct white paper that establishes a cohesive vision for the diverse and evolving elements that form transportation's role in homeland security.

  • Circulate white paper and hold a SCOTS Summer meeting session to get SCOTS "buy-in" on a clear and definitive statement of what state DOTs are seeking to achieve in homeland security.

  • Prepare an "executive summary" version of the white paper/SCOTS Summer meeting outcome that can be used to educate CEOs and others.
Objective 1.B. Promote external awareness about DOTs' role in homeland security via strategic alliances between AASHTO/SCOTS and federal agencies and other associations

  • Advocate that AASHTO Board of Directors create a full-time AASHTO staff position with security responsibilities that include leadership in establishing greater day-to-day coordination with a wide array of relevant agencies and organizations.

  • Create clear message "platform," based on 1.A.white paper, for ongoing use and adaptation that promotes external awareness about DOTs' role in homeland security and their responsibilities in emergency response to hazards, incident and events of all types.

  • Ensure AASHTO/SCOTS personnel participate fully in appropriate events where opportunities to educate key partners (e.g. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), etc.) arise.

  • Represent state DOT interests related to international security and mobility issues along our domestic borders.


Objective 2.A. Work with National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), Transit Cooperative Research program (TCRP), Transportation Research Board (TRB), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), other USDOT modes, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other partners to ensure continued growth of a comprehensive and effective transportation security research program that supports all SCOTS goals

  • Utilize the new NCHRP's 20-59 panel as the research subcommittee.

  • In coordination with TRB, continue regular collection of input from state DOTs on their research needs (via an electronic survey).

  • Develop an updated comprehensive SCOTS-sponsored plan for practical transportation security research that feeds research activities of groups such as NCHRP, TCRP, and the FHWA/State DOT "Pooled Fund" research program.

  • Develop a plan for improving dissemination of research results to both DOTs and trusted partners.

  • In coordination with partner agencies, seek to strengthen use of other/new avenues for conducting research, in addition to NCHRP.

  • Host a domestic and an international scanning review to gain insight into new and innovative approaches to enhancing transportation security.
Objective 2.B. Incorporate appropriate security research results into AASHTO specifications, guides, and other information documents

  • Ensure NCHRP-funded guidance documents and other appropriate research findings on topics such as vulnerability assessment and emergency operations are housed appropriately within the AASHTO Committee structure and are updated regularly.

  • Conduct a review of additional opportunities to incorporate security concerns into existing AASHTO guidance, specifications, and other documents (e.g. design standards).
Objective 2.C. Help all states to complete multimodal risk assessment approaches and emergency management strategies that address security, and support appropriate participation by DOTs in response to efforts by DHS to develop and implement the National Response Plan (NRP) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

  • Create subcommittees on risk management and operations.

  • Develop and distribute tools that support AASHTO members' and partners' internal processes for designing and building secure transportation systems via use of risk assessment and emergency management.

  • Ensure agencies like the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are aware of DOTs' risk assessment and emergency management needs.

  • Provide training according to state's needs based on state surveys.

  • Improve cooperation with emergency professionals, police, fire, Coast Guard, National Guard, and others.


Objective 3.A. Define and implement an outreach and advocacy program targeted to Congressional/federal agencies

  • Provide oversight to AASHTO staff and spokespersons on development of testimony and comment as appropriate on federal homeland security-related legislation, regulations, policies, guidance etc.

  • Establish a regular legislative outreach meeting/briefing and ensure SCOTS/AASHTO leadership meets regularly at high levels with DHS.

  • Support AASHTO staff and spokespersons in maintaining an active day-to-day dialogue with DHS/TSA, DOT, Congress, other emergency and modal associations, and others as they develop and promulgate regulations and policy
Objective 3.B. Support state DOTs in securing federal funding for key security initiatives on modal transportation systems

  • Determine funding needs and advocate for legislation that supports the funding levels.

  • Maintain and update a "security funding sources" compendium.


Objective 4.A. Share security-related information among state DOTs, AASHTO committees to encourage greater awareness about security and keep AASHTO members and committees informed about opportunities to influence legislation, regulation, and policy

  • Create a SCOTS subcommittee on information dissemination

  • Maintain and improve the existing AASHTO security website as a resource for transportation-related security information and create a SCOTS committee website where meeting minutes etc., can be posted. Include a secure component within the website.

  • Continue to encourage mainstreaming and acceptance of homeland security into DOTs' activities and across modes.

  • Maintain state DOT homeland security contact list and e-mail group.

  • Develop regular SCOTS newsletter for dissemination to DOTs and others.

  • Develop mechanisms for keeping information safe within DOTs.

Coordinate with AASHTO committees, agencies and stakeholders.
Objective 4.B. Coordinate outreach presentations at regional meetings, other events, and other organizations

  • Jointly sponsor security summit with TRB/FHWA/FTA/American Public Transportation Association, etc.

  • Make outreach presentations at regional and national meetings

  • Co-sponsor transportation security events with outside organizations
Objective 4.C. Participate in, sponsor, or lead a variety of training for state DOTs and their partners

  • Create a SCOTS subcommittee on training.

  • Develop a strategic plan for training & awareness that identifies what and how training should be provided.

  • Develop, implement a program of security workshops, educational courses & materials, in coordination with other agencies.