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The National Association of State Highway and Transportation Unions (NASHTU) is dedicated to ensuring that federal transportation dollars are spent on cost-effective, safe projects that serve the public interest.  NASHTU is comprised of 38 unions and associations representing hundreds of thousands of state and locally employed transportation engineers, construction managers and inspectors, technical workers and related public servants from throughout the United States.



NASHTU 15th Annual Conference April 28-30, 2014

The 15th annual conference will be held Monday, April 28 through Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. An impressive conference agenda is starting to take shape as NASHTU conference participants will hear from key transportation decision makers including House Ways and Means Committee members Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Richard Neal (D-MA) as well as House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Michael Capuano (D-MA).

We look forward to seeing you at NASHTU's 15th Annual conference on April 28-30!

Click here for the NASHTU Conference Agenda.



15th Annual NASHTU Conference is Just Around the Corner…

The 15th Annual NASHTU Conference is shaping up to be the best yet. The conference will be held April 28-30, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. So far, we’ve booked Reps. Michael Capuano (D-MA), Richard Neal (D-MA), and Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-D.C.), of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) of the House Ways and Means Committee. These four members of Congress will have integral roles in shaping the next transportation authorization and ideally providing new funding that supports it. 

We have also invited U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, T&I Chair Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and many other key transportation leaders to address the conference. 

On Tuesday afternoon (April 29), NASHTU representatives will head out on Capitol Hill to meet with their Members of Congress. Click here to access a customizable letter to request meetings with your Congressional Delegation. 

If you have not yet registered for the 2014 NASHTU conference, please click here to register online or download a registration brochure. 

Our hotel room block is now full. However, NASHTU set aside a few rooms at our group rate for late registrations. If you need hotel accommodations, please contact Nadine Westcott at 916-446-0584 or via e-mail at nwestcott@nashtu.us. 


It’s That Time Again – Renew Your NASHTU Membership Today!

Please check your mailboxes – NASHTU dues letters went out this week! NASHTU is a respected, national voice dedicated to advancing the interests of state and local transportation department workers from throughout the country. We hope your organization will continue to support NASHTU to help us build on our success.

Please remember that NASHTU is a volunteer-driven organization. Membership dues pay only for direct costs and conference-related expenses.

Don’t want to wait for the mail? You can find the NASHTU Membership Renewal form here.


News Stories


  • Not Getting Their Money's Worth January 4, 2014 (New York Times) — At first glance, two recent crises to hit the White House — the revelations about unlawful surveillance and the botched health care rollout — have nothing in common. But each is a reminder of the increasing extent to which government work has been contracted out to private-sector companies. Currently, Washington spends about $500 billion a year on private-sector contracts, more than twice the amount in 2000. Read the full story.

  • Private Toll Road Investors Shift Revenue Risk to States November 26, 2013 (Bloomberg.com) — Companies that build private toll roads are pressing states to assume more financial risk of traffic not meeting expectations, a change that benefits the operators while threatening to increase taxpayer costs. Read the full story.

  • Public-Private Partnerships Are Popular, But Are They Practical? November 1, 2013 (Governing.com) — The message was clear: America’s infrastructure is struggling, but the private sector can help. “No one wants another bridge to collapse, as did the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge,” testified a Morgan Stanley official. That tragedy, which killed 13 people, underscores the need for expanded new, federally subsidized financing tools, he told Congress. Read the full story.

  • How parking meters killed privatization of Midway Airport
    September 13, 2013 (Washington Post) — At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, the chairman of a major finance company addressed the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships. “Desperate government,” he said, “is our best customer.” Read the full story.

  • Across U.S., bridges crumble as repair funds fall short 
    September 3, 2013 (Los Angeles Times) — America's roads and bridges have been eroding for decades, but the deeper they fall into disrepair, the less money there is to fix them. First, the recession crippled local budgets, cutting the money available for transportation projects. As states began to recover, the federal government adopted its own mandatory budget cuts via sequestration. Then last month, the federal legislation that annually funds transportation projects across the country hit a roadblock of Republican opposition that throttled multibillion-dollar transportation bills in the House and Senate. Read the full story.

  • The Loss of The Public Good
    August 21, 2013 (Baltimore Sun) — Much of the rest of what's considered "public" has become so shoddy that those who can afford to do so find private alternatives. As public schools deteriorate, the upper-middle class and wealthy send their kids to private ones. As public pools and playgrounds decay, the better-off buy memberships in private tennis and swimming clubs. As public hospitals decline, the well-off pay premium rates for private care. Read the full story.

  • HOT Lanes Are Even More Popular When They're Expensive
    August 19, 2013 (Atlantic Cities) — Everyday, sometimes twice a day, commuters in the increasing number of U.S. metro areas with a HOT lane ask themselves that timeless question: to pay, or not to pay. How they answer depends on the toll price, which charges single-occupancy cars for HOT access based on congestion levels. Logic suggests that as the toll goes up, fewer drivers would fork over the money — for the same reason we sit coach on a plane once we see the price of first-class. Read the full story.

  • Silver Spring Transit Center’s inspectors ran poor concrete tests, report says
    March 26, 2013 (Washington Post) — The firm hired by Montgomery County to perform field inspections on the Silver Spring Transit Center improperly tested the strength of concrete, apparently failed to measure its thickness and didn’t raise sufficient concerns when the concrete started to crack, according to independent engineers and county officials. Read the full story.

  • Old tax, new fees among options for highway funding
    June 6, 2013 (Politico) — The next highway and transit bill might be more than a year away, but a string of major infrastructure failures has lawmakers and advocates already thinking about how to boost funding. Read the full story.

  • Obama to Nominate Anthony Foxx as Transportation Secretary
    April 28, 2013 (Reuters) — President Barack Obama plans to nominate on Monday Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Anthony Foxx to be his next transportation secretary, a White House official said on Sunday. Read the full story.

  • Obama wants $50B for roads, $40B for rail, MAP-21 extension in 2014 budget
    April 10, 2013 (The Hill) — President Obama's 2014 budget proposal calls for Congress to approve $50 billion in immediate spending on U.S. highways and $40 billion on long-distance railways. Read the full story.

  • I will not serve a second term; but we have more work to do
    January 29, 2013 (USDOT) — One of the best things about the four years that I (USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood) have served in this office is the ability to share the achievements of DOT with readers of this blog. It's no secret that I value the work we do here, and it has been a pleasure to demonstrate that twice daily on the Fast Lane. Read the full story.

  • Deficit-Reduction Talks May Fuel Gas Tax Increase
    December 6, 2012 (Fed Watch) — Leaders of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will try to introduce a new surface transportation bill at the very onset of 2014, according to a committee aid who outlined the expected timeline of the legislation. Read the full story.

  • Raise Gas Taxes, Avoid the Fiscal Cliff?
    November 27, 2012 (U.S. News and World) — A group of natural gas and oil organizations sent a letter to members of Congress Tuesday morning, urging them to think twice before leveling any tax increases on the industry as part of fiscal cliff negotiations. Read the full story.

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OMB Cracks Down on Wasteful Outsourcing


February 4, 2011

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released a status report on their efforts to curb wasteful government contracting.  In FY 2010, federal agencies spent nearly $80 billion less than they would have if contract spending continued to grow at the same rate it had under the prior Administration.  NASHTU applauds the Obama Administration’s success in contracting reform for federal agencies, but to make government spending even more efficient, these efforts should be expanded to target federally-funded programs as well. 


June 14, 2010

Read Representative Judy Chu’s (D-CA) letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) asking that the federal contracting reforms be expanded to apply to all state and local projects that use federal funds. 


March 31, 2010

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) released its draft policy letter defining inherently governmental functions that should be performed only by government employees.  Read the Federal Register Notice



October 27, 2009

WASHINGTON, October 27 – In an attempt to crack down on mismanaged and wasteful federal contracting practices while strengthening oversight and accountability capacity across the government, the Obama Administration has issued guidance today that requires federal agencies to increase the capability and capacity of the civilian agency acquisition workforce to ensure sufficient management and oversight of acquisition dollars.


The guidance also provides specific instructions for agencies to avoid high-risk contracts that can result in excessive costs being passed on to taxpayers.


July 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, July 29 — President Obama in conjunction with the OMB formally unveiled contracting and workforce reforms that are designed to save the taxpayers at least $40 billion a year. The reforms, released today, focuses on three areas: improving acquisition, managing the multi-sector workforce, and contractor performance information.


"Today’s guidance is a major step forward in providing the federal government with the capacity to carry out robust and thorough management and oversight of its contracts in order to achieve programmatic goals, avoid significant overcharges, and stop wasteful spending," said OMB Director Peter Orszag.




March 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday the U.S. government was paying too much for things it did not need and ordered a crackdown on spending he declared "plagued by massive cost overruns and outright fraud."


The Democrat, under fire from Republicans for the $3.5 trillion price tag for his 2010 budget plan, also took aim at predecessor George W. Bush and noted the cost of government contracts had doubled to more than half a trillion dollars over the past eight years. 


Click here to read the Presidential Memorandum