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ODOT/FHWA Team Wins National Award

COLUMBUS-- Interim Director Gordon Proctor announced today four employees of the Ohio Department of Transportation(ODOT) have received the Strive for Excellence award from Region 5 of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The recipients were members of a work team composed of employees from ODOT and the Ohio Division Office of FHWA.

Since the ODOT and FHWA work team was established in January 1997, the team has won three state government awards, and was honored in November 1997 with the prestigious Hammer Award by the National Performance Review. Recipients of this award are chosen for their contributions to building a government that works better and costs less. The presentation of the Hammer Award was made by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater, on behalf of Vice President Al Gore.

"Because of the team’s ongoing contributions to improve ODOT’s and FHWA’s efficiency, the team members have saved Ohio taxpayers millions of dollars," said Proctor. "I commend them for their hard work and dedication."

The Fiscal Management Information System (FMIS) is the data base used by FHWA to track information related to all highway projects financed with federal funds. One of the modules of FMIS is the electronic signature function, which enables ODOT to electronically create and sign project authorization and agreement documents, reducing the processing time. Ohio was the first state in the nation to fully utilize this system, and established a team to address the initial logistical problems with the processing of electronic signature documents, as well as other FMIS issues.

"The team’s assistance in implementing the system was instrumental in helping ODOT reduce its accrued unbilled costs by 95 percent from 1994 to 1998," said ODOT Division of Finance Deputy Director Tom McPherson. "With the electronic signature system now running smoothly, the team is focusing on performance measures for ODOT and FHWA. The spirit of everyone being equal partners has been instrumental in assuring the success of the group. Each of the team’s awards has been well deserved."

The ODOT employees on the work team include Gary Cooper, Horace Gilmore, Debbi McGonigle, and Alice Redmond, all from the Office of Payroll and Federal Accounting.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert M. Young, Public Information Officer, (614) 466-8480


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