A Lead States Team is a group of individuals representing a consortium of like-minded transportation agencies, industry, and other professionals…
A Lead States Team is a group of individuals representing a consortium of like-minded transportation agencies, industry, and other professionals, each with focus technology experience or knowledge and a committment to supporting broad implementation of that focus technology.
Whenever new technologies or engineering procedures are introduced, there are always several state transportation agencies ahead of the pack in adopting these innovations. In numerous cases, the leading states played a role in developing the new technology and therefore gained a deeper understanding of the innovation and its advantages.
The effectiveness of forming lead states teams from representatives of these leading states, for the purpose of championing the new technologies, was demonstrated during implementation of Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) findings. The AII executive committee was quick to adopt a lead states team approach very similar to that used during SHRP implementation, and a team is formed for each new focus technology selected for nationwide championing.
To qualify for travel reimbursement related to AII activity, obtain approval from the AII Focus Technology Lead States Chair, or from the AII Program Manager, prior to the trip. Travel purposes should be indicated on the Focus Technology's work plan. Travel expenses will be reimbursed for member department (State DOT) employees only.
Travel expenses will be reimbursed to the extent of only the AII related activity. For example, during an "AII meeting within another meeting," only those days affected by the AII purpose and travel will be reimbursed. Expenses outside the scheduled AII meetings or other purposes will not be reimbursed.
Presentation and Speaker travel will be reimbursed for only those days traveling to and from meeting and day of presentation. Therefore, if you stay for the entire conference, AASHTO will not pay for the additional hotel stays unless previously authorized by the AII Program Manager.
As a general guideline, AII expenses should be reasonably comparable with those expenses paid for by member departments. The following are to be used as guidelines, and are not to be considered per diem. Rather, actual expenses should be reported on travel expense forms with accompanying receipts to the AII Program Manager in a timely manner.
Ms. Greta Smith (AII Program Manager)AASHTO
444 North Capitol Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
AII must efficiently utilize budgeted travel funds, while accommodating necessary travel expenses. Excessive expenditures are to be avoided, and reasonable documentation maintained. Questions regarding this travel policy may be forwarded to