These resources help senior State Highway Safety Office staff administer their programs in compliance with federal regulations. Additional resources are available through GHSA's member portal at my.ghsa.org (login required).
This guidance document is intended to assist SHSOs in developing their Annual Reports (ARs).
States began conducting this annual attitude survey in FY 2010. The survey contains nine questions on occupant protection, impaired driving and speeding.
This document is intended to help State Highway Safety Offices craft their federally required annual Highway Safety Plans (HSPs).
DISCLAIMER: The current version of the HSP Guidance has not yet been updated to include the multiple 2019 NHTSA Memo Guidance documents or the recent NHTSA Q&As issued in early April 2020 on the impact of the national emergency on the highway safety grant programs. The deadline for submission of the FY2021 HSP has been changed to August 3, 2020. States should contact their Regional Office for assistance on specific issues related to the HSP preparation and submittal.
This document provides advice regarding the annual calculation of maintenance of effort (MOE) required of the states to qualify for three of the Section 405 grant programs.
The Monitoring Advisory helps SHSOs monitor the federal funds that have been allocated to subrecipients to ensure that the funds are being spent in the manner intended.
GHSA has worked with NHTSA to identify performance measures for traffic safety, bicycles and state traffic records systems that SHSOs can use in their HSPs and ARs.
This page includes information SHSOs need to comply with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) reporting requirements.
State Highway Safety Office Organization
This section contains information about the organization and operations of SHSOs across the country. Some materials may be especially useful for new Governor's Representatives or Highway Safety Coordinators.
This page lists the highway safety offices of all 50 states, U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, along with their websites.
State Profiles can be found in the Members Only section of the GHSA website (login required). These pages provide information about the organization of SHSOs throughout the United States, including the placement of the SHSO within state government and key contact information.
This document provides sample job descriptions for typical positions that exist within State Highway Safety Offices. It complements the GHSA State Profiles by providing specific information regarding the job duties of the staff positions referenced.
Requirements for the organization and staffing of SHSOs vary widely depending on a myriad of factors. These descriptions should be used as a reference by states to be adapted to their specific needs.
Resources for New GRs and Coordinators
- New GR and Coordinators’ Checklist This chart lists critical processes for early review by new state highway safety Governor's Representatives (GRs) and Highway Safety Coordinators, including specific documents to review and links to resources.
- What a Governor's Representative Does Provided by Troy Costales (Ore.), this document covers the core responsibilities of a GR. New GRs and coordinators can use it to familiarize themselves with their new job.
Other GHSA Resources
Webinars (Login Required)
View presentations given during past GHSA member webinars. Topics range from highway safety program management to effective communications strategies. New webinars are posted here after they have been presented.
To view publicly available GHSA webinars, including those on GHSA publications, visit our webinar channel.
This page provides new Governor's Representatives (GRs) and Highway Safety Coordinators with an understanding of the critical role traffic records data play in a State Highway Safety Office's planning and evaluation efforts, data-related responsibilities and additional resources.
- The Art of Appropriate Evaluation: A Guide for Highway Safety Program Managers: Covers what type of evaluation is reasonable for different programs, how to maximize the success an evaluation and where to go for help; contains a glossary of basic evaluation terms.
- Uniform Guidelines for State Highway Safety Programs: Offers direction to states in formulating their plans for highway safety efforts supported with Section 402 and other grant funds, providing a framework for developing a balanced highway safety program and tools to assess program effectiveness.
- Partnering with State Highway Safety Offices: Tips and Tactics for Success: Resource for community groups wishing to partner with State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) that explains how SHSOs develop their programs and provides examples of how community groups can be effective partners.
- NHTSA Highway Safety Grant Management Resources Site: This site provides information to assist state and federal professionals in managing highway safety grant programs administered by NHTSA.
- Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Federal Audit Clearinghouse: Supports OMB oversight and assessment of federal award audit requirements.