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The National Association of State Highway and Transportation Unions (NASHTU) is dedicated to ensuring that federal transportation dollars are spent on cost-effective, safe projects that serve the public interest. NASHTU is comprised of 38 unions and associations representing hundreds of thousands of state and locally employed transportation engineers, construction managers and inspectors, technical workers and related public servants from throughout the United States.

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2020 NASHTU Conference – Canceled

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, the 21st Annual NASHTU Conference – scheduled for April 20-22, 2020 in Washington D.C. – has been canceled.

Given the uncertainty about the length of the crisis, and given the limited congressional calendar in an election year, it is simply not possible at this time to reschedule the conference for this year.

We will be refunding any registration fees paid to date.  Please contact the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill at 202/737-1234 to cancel your room reservations.

We look forward to seeing you at the NASHTU conference in the spring of 2021.  If you have any questions, please contact NASHTU at nashtu@nashtu.us.


January 14, 2021

NASHTU Shares Recommendations with Incoming Biden Administration

Last week, NASHTU sent a letter to the incoming Biden Administration’s Transportation Transition team urging support for NASHTU’s long-standing legislative objectives.

Specifically, NASHTU recommended that the Biden Administration support a requirement to perform a cost comparison analysis prior to outsourcing transportation services.  State and local departments of transportation spend hundreds of millions of federal dollars every year on private contracts for engineering and related transportation services without competitive bidding and without determining these contracts are cost-effective and best protect the public interest.  The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has concluded that outsourcing is “more expensive than performing work in-house, particularly for engineering services.”  Several states have also analyzed outsourcing by their DOTs and concluded outsourcing engineering and design services can cost two to three times as much as using in-house staff.  The results of these studies and legislative audits are included in NASHTU’s Cost Comparison Fact Sheet (linked below) and underscore the need to require a cost comparison analysis prior to outsourcing.

NASHTU also asked the Biden Administration to support requiring public employees to perform the construction inspection on federally-funded transportation projects.  On transportation projects, construction inspectors are the eyes, ears and voice of the public. Public inspectors ensure that construction standards are met, that projects meet safety requirements, and that the materials used will stand the test of time.  Their role is to ensure that the motoring public gets what they pay for and public safety and the public interest are protected.

President Elect Joe Biden has said that infrastructure investment will be a key priority for his Administration.  NASHTU looks forward to working with the Biden Administration and Congress to achieve these important public interest objectives.

Read the full NASHTU letter to the incoming Biden Administration

NASHTU’s Cost Comparison Fact Sheet

NASHTU’s Public Inspection Fact Sheet
COVID-19 Stimulus Includes Funding for State DOTs

ICYMI – The $908 billion COVID-19 stimulus package approved by Congress and signed into law last month included $10 billion in long-awaited emergency aid for state departments of transportation.

According to AASHTO, the emergency funding must be apportioned by the Federal Highway Administration within 30 days of the bill’s enactment and will be based on each state’s share of obligation limitations within the recently extended surface transportation authorization, the FAST Act.  The relief money can be used by State DOTs to fund Surface Transportation Block Grant-eligible projects as well as for preventive maintenance, routine maintenance, operations, and personnel – including employee and contractor salaries – along with debt service payments, availability payments, and coverage for other revenue losses.

Read more in the AASHTO Journal article

AASHTO’s Preliminary Estimate of State Apportionment of COVID-19 Relief