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					Motor Fuel Accomplishments
      and Challenges



      2003 Motor Fuel Workshops:
               Atlanta
             Sacramento
Introduction I

   Accomplishments:
    Re-Assessment
    Smart Input tool
    Motor Fuel (MF) Reviews
    Data verification
    Publications:
      Process Review
      Brochure
      Community of Practice (COP)
Introduction II

   Challenges:
     Motor fuel reviews and follow-up
       Quality of reviews
       Quality improvements
       Risk assessment
     Division Administrator emphasis
     Communication
Introduction III

   Changing environment
    Reauthorization
    Reporting changes
    Attribution analysis changes
    Modeling data (gasohol in particular)
    Communication
Accomplished: Re-Assessment

   Time line
     Began in late 1998
     Shortly after TEA-21 passed
   Methodology
     Working group
       State experts
       AASHTO
       FTA (Federation of Tax Administrators)
       FHWA
Accomplished: Re-Assessment

   General Accounting Office (GAO)
     Concurrent assessment
     Cooperative effort
     Substantial agreement on conclusions
   GAO identified several actions
     Verification of State MF reporting
     Document FHWA attribution methodology
     Independent review of FHWA methodology
     Evaluate EXSTARS-EXFIRS for validation
Accomplished: Re-Assessment

   FHWA identified several areas for
   revision
     Federal Register Notice
     Comments received
     General support for the proposals
   Publication: Attribution and
   Apportionment of Federal Highway
   Tax Revenues: Process Refinements
Accomplished: Smart Input tool

   Developed and tested Smart Input Tool
     Version 1.03 available May, 2002
     Installation and technical support
     Used by 48 States
     Must be used for data starting January 2002
     Generally considered easy-to-use
   More detail later
Accomplished: MF Reviews

   Motor Fuels Review Working Group
   Continuous Process Improvement
   Model
   Discussed at last year’s workshop
   About 27 have been reported
   Quality varies
   Want your feedback on improving this
   process
Accomplished: Data verification

   Process review versus data verification
   Why verify?
     Old procedure - data hand-entered
     Data needs checking until new procedures
   Verification memo
     Just went out
     Due April 15
     Probably two rounds
Accomplished: Publications

  Attribution and Apportionment of
  Federal Highway Tax Revenues:
  Process Refinements
  Your State’s Share: Attributing
  Federal Highway Revenues to Each
  State
  Community of Practice (COP)
Challenges: MF Reviews and
Follow-up

   Quality of reviews
     Continuous Process Improvement model
     Left open to interpretation
     Wide range of quality
   Quality improvements
     Need to bring up the average
     Three core items:
       Procedures document
       Procedures assessment
       Oversight plan
   Risk assessment
Challenges: Communication

   Keep Division in loop
   Video conference options
   Community of Practice
   Promotional brochures
Changing Environment:
Reauthorization
   TEA-21 ends September 30, 2003
   Due for re-authorization
   Administration-proposed legislation
   What Congress will do is unknown
   No significant MF changes expected
Changing Environment: Reporting
Changes
   Must use the Smart Input Tool
   Transfer date is January 2002
     Any revision prior to 1 / 02, use old method




     Any submission or revision after 1 / 02, use
     Smart Input Tool



   Review some of the Input Tool features
Changing Environment:
Attribution Analysis Changes
   FHWA will be treating some data
   differently
    On-highway public diesel use
    Alternative fuels reporting
    Loss allowance treatment
   Reporting changes
    For alternative fuels
    State responsibilities
Changing Environment: Modeling
Data
   FHWA held a models workshop
    March 7-8, 2002
    Stakeholder input
      Models generally acceptable
      Focus on the big picture
      Follow-up on State/Federal discrepancy
         Total gallons
         Reported versus modeled gallons
Changing Environment: Gasohol
Model
   Hot topic in reauthorization

   Conversion from MTBE to ethanol

   Current model emphasized location

   That assumption will become invalid
In Summary

  Identified accomplishments

  Identified challenges

  Identified changes in the MF environment

  That’s the background – let’s move to
  details

				
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