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2-1-1 CHAPTER 1 Introduction The research conducted to complete this primer consisted This primer provides guidance to state transportation agencies on the use of information technology (IT) tools within of interviews with the following six state DOTs and two other a data management framework to agencies, as well as follow-up correspondence related to par- ticular issues: • Support performance-based resource allocation (PBRA) in a transportation agency; 1. Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facili- • Support data sharing and access; and ties: Program Development Division; • Manage data security, data privacy, and other IT issues that 2. Colorado Department of Transportation: Division of impact data sharing. Transportation Development, Trafﬁc Analysis Unit; 3. Hennepin County, Minnesota: Public Works Administra- Data systems are used as a source of information for decision- tion; makers at all levels, and any risks associated with the use of 4. Metropolitan Transportation Commission (Bay Area of data must be addressed. The primer covers risk management California): 511 Program and Information Technology approaches for data programs and also discusses how data is Ofﬁce; used to support risk management programs within a trans- 5. Michigan Department of Transportation: Bureau of Trans- portation agency in general. portation Planning, Asset Management Section; This primer addresses IT issues and challenges that impact 6. Minnesota Department of Transportation: Ofﬁce of Policy data sharing and integration, and therefore decision making, Analysis, Research, and Innovation, TIS Risk Assessment especially for PBRA decisions. It demonstrates how IT tools Final Report, 11/17/2009; and techniques can be used to support and strengthen data 7. Virginia Department of Transportation: Ofﬁce of Knowl- management and risk management programs in transportation edge Management, Operations Planning Division and agencies. The ultimate goal is for transportation agencies to Information Technology Division; and use this primer to identify the IT tools, methods, and practices 8. Washington State Department of Transportation: Enter- that best meet their needs for establishing and maintaining comprehensive data management programs. prise Risk Management Ofﬁce.