Survey of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (GAO-09-867SP, September 2009), an E-supplement to GAO-09-868

This e-publication supplements the U.S Government Accountability Office's (GAO's) report GAO-09-868 by presenting the item-by-item results of GAO's Web-based survey of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), which was conducted between February 3 and April 1, 2009. The purpose of the survey was to gather information on the roles and responsibilities of MPOs, the federal oversight of MPOs, and possible ways to improve regional transportation planning. The questionnaire was designed to obtain demographic and financial information from MPOs, as well as MPO staff perceptions of challenges their organization faces in carrying out their current responsibilities. The questionnaire also asked about potential options to address those challenges. Further, the questionnaire included a section requesting respondents’ views on the current federal oversight of MPOs. The questionnaire was administered to all 381 MPOs as of February 2009. To establish this list of MPOs, GAO obtained contact information from the Department of Transportation and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations; any inconsistencies between the two lists were reconciled with phone calls to the relevant MPO. GAO received completed questionnaires from 86 percent of the MPOs, and the nonrespondents were distributed randomly among different states and sizes of MPOs. Survey results in this e-publication are presented in two ways. For some questions, GAO presents the survey percentages for all respondents. For other questions, where relevant and appropriate, GAO presents the survey percentages for three categories of MPOs. These categories include MPOs with populations less than 200,000 (“small MPOs”), populations between 200,000 and 999,999 (“medium MPOs”), and MPOs with populations above 1 million (“large MPOs”). In all cases, the data are presented in aggregate form so that no individual MPO responses can be viewed. See the report referenced above for a more detailed discussion of our scope and methodology, as well as a discussion of survey results. GAO conducted its work from September 2008 to September 2009 in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. Those standards require that GAO plan and perform the audit to obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to provide a reasonable basis for its findings and conclusions based on GAO's audit objectives. GAO believes that the evidence obtained provides a reasonable basis for its findings and conclusions based on its audit objectives.


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  • Media Type: Web
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  • Accession Number: 01139898
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-09-867SP
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 10 2009 5:56PM