State Highway Safety Office Guidance

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 (login required).

NHTSA Final Rule - Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (FY 2024 – 2026)

Materials to help SHSOs develop Highway Safety Plans under the February 6, 2023 Final Rule are available in the Members Only section of this website (login required), under "Legislative and Regulatory Info," including:

  • Recordings and Slides from NHTSA's Training Webinars
  • An HSP/Annual Grant Application Quick Review Checklist
  • GHSA Policy and Procedures Manual Chapter II. Planning (use in place of prior (outdated) GHSA HSP Guidance)
  • Summaries, commentary and redlined versions of NHTSA's Final Rule and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)
  • Summary and text of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

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Attitudes Survey

States began conducting this annual attitude survey in FY 2010. The survey contains nine questions on occupant protection, impaired driving and speeding.


Management Review (MR) Materials

Among the MR materials GHSA provides to SHSOs are an MR and Deadline Reminder Table and an MR Self Assessment Checklist. Additional materials are also available in the Members Only section of this website (login required).

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Monitoring Advisory

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.


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Performance Measures

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.

Transparency Requirements

This page includes information SHSOs need to comply with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) reporting requirements.

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Policies and Procedures Manual

This manual is a guide to assist staff in administering the NHTSA traffic safety grant program in compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. The Manual has been updated to include the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the NHTSA Final Rule issued February 6, 2023.

FAST Act (FY 2016 – 2023)

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Annual Report Guidance

This guidance document is intended to assist SHSOs in developing their Annual Reports (ARs). DISCLAIMER: This document has not yet been updated to include the NHTSA Final Rule issued February 6, 2023.


Core Performance Measure Target Charts

GHSA and NHTSA collaborated to create these resources to assist State Highway Safety Offices in assessing and reporting the results of achieving the performance targets in their required Annual Report. DISCLAIMER: The status of these documents for the FY24 Triennial Highway Safety Plan and the FY23 Annual Report has not yet been determined (March 7, 2023).


GMSS Resources (Login Required)

GHSA members can access information on NHTSA’s previous Grants Management Solutions Suite (GMSS), a system that aimed to automate the entire grant lifecycle process.


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Highway Safety Plan Guidance

This document is intended to help State Highway Safety Offices craft their federally required annual Highway Safety Plans (HSPs). DISCLAIMER: This document has not yet been updated to include the NHTSA Final Rule issued February 6, 2023. It was last updated in May 2020.

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MAP-21 and FAST Act Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Advisory

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.

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.

State Highway Safety Offices

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.

Sample Position Descriptions

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

Other GHSA Resources

State Highway Safety Showcases

GHSA maintains a compilation of successful state highway safety programs and activities that other SHSOs can consider replicating in their own states. States are invited to submit their own programs to be featured here

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.

Federal Resources