Managing Federal Aid Using Microcomputers

by William E. Frantz, Wisconsin DOT, Madison, WI, USA,
David W. Dettmann, Wisconsin DOT, Madison, WI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications Within the Urban Transportation Environment


Wisconsin's federal aid for highway improvement is about 225,000,000 annually. The obligation authority (the ability to spend the federal aid) is limited to an estimated 162,000,000 for fiscal year 1986. Federal administrative policies with more detailed controls further complicate the highway program, making fiscal management more difficult each year. With the advent of microcomputers and the LOTUS 1-2-3 software package, the department staff has developed two computer models which substantially improve the financial Forecasting, Implementation, And Monitoring of the highway program. The models presented here begin with the estimates of federal aid apportionments anticipated to be received by the department and are used to develop the state's budget appropriation requests and a federal obligation plan for each annual fiscal period.

Subject Headings: Federal government | Computers | Highways and roads | Computer software | Highway and road management | Traffic management | Financial management | Computer aided operations | Wisconsin | United States

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