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12 Nat i on al Coo perat ive Highway Research Program MANAGING THE PROGRAM The Central Role of NCHRP Professionals Once research starts, administrative and technical oversight of progress is performed by NCHRP staff. In-depth oversight by project managers with wide-ranging expertise is an important factor contributing to project success. In addition to reviewing monthly progress schedules and quarterly progress reports, the project managers maintain frequent contact with the research contractors. They monitor the conduct of the research to ensure it is consistent with the approved research plan, and they consult with project panels for technical feedback on the contractorâs work. Project managers provide guidance to the research contractorâs principal investigator in all technical and administrative matters. The principal investigator is responsible for managing the project budget consistent with the approved work plan, and in no case can the costs exceed the available budget. Any major changes to account for promising new research leads or unproductive lines of study must be approved in advance by NCHRP and the project panel and are authorized through a contract amendment. Contractor invoices are checked by the staff. Finally, the NCHRP project manager and panel evaluate the final research results to determine their acceptability and suitability for publication. Members of the panel for NCHRP Project 20-05/Topic 50-05, âIncorporating Access Management into Local Ordinances.â Left photograph, from the left: Gina Bonyani, Joseph F. Segale, Grant G. Schultz, Valerie J. Southern, and Senior Program Officer Jo Allen Gause. Right photograph, from the right: Tameka Macon, Marc S. Birnbaum, and Wayne W. Kober. Nelda A. Buckley Is not shown.