Office of Resources, Administration and State Planning & Research (ORAS)
Develops and maintains the Planning Program's operating budget. The Resources Branch is the primary budget liaison with the program’s internal and external partners. The Branch provides analysis and reporting on the Planning Program’s budget, allocates resources, tracks and forecasts expenditures, provides advice on proper use of funds, contract management, information technology purchases, and the overall budget management.
Manages technical administrative and business services, including space management, safety compliance, records management, coordinating the annual District Agreements for the program, and providing analysis and guidance on the policies, practices and procedures for the program regarding Title VI and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.
Provides guidance and manages the overall implementation of the SPR Part I program. The SPR Branch is also responsible for the development and submittal of the SPR Part I Work Program, preparing amendments, monitoring deliverables, cost, and schedules for the proposed activities, and preparing the Year-End report.
Coordinates research efforts between the Division of Transportation Planning, Division of Transportation System Information, and the Division of Research and Innovation. Transportation research plays a key role in enabling the Department to provide for the efficient, safe, and economically sensitive movement of people and goods in a rapidly changing global economy
Mitchell Baker is the Office Chief for the Office of Resources, Administration, and State Planning and Research (SPR).