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Audit Initiated of the Federal Highway Administration's Oversight of the Highway Safety Improvement Program

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Approximately 33,000 people died on the Nation's highways in 2010, and according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the financial impact of highway crashes nationwide is approximately $230 billion per year. In 2005, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users established the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) as a data-driven and performance-based program to significantly reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on public roads. We initiated this audit to assess whether FHWA (1) provides sufficient guidance and assistance to enable the States to effectively implement the data-driven, performance-based approach called for in HSIP’s enabling legislation and (2) evaluates HSIP results, which States report to FHWA annually, to determine the program's impact.