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In this session, NHTSA will discuss how states benefit from providing data to the programs and the US DOT
using electronic transfer methods versus manual and/or paper-based processes.  NHTSA initiated the Electronic Data Transfer (EDT) program in 2015 starting with Virginia and added additional states who chose to voluntarily participate following the successful pilot program.  Currently there are nine states that participate in sharing of data throughout the Department and two states that participate in a partial state view.  In addition, there are states that at this time are providing state data for use by the crash study programs using a variety of automated and batch forms.  This session will review the successes and challenges in this process as well as the value add to the states.   Examples of benefits that will be discussed are: reduced burden by removing duplicative reporting; creation of an authoritative library of state data in an automated fashion; and streamlining of program studies through pre-coding of data elements such as pre-coding all FARS cases automatically.  Following discussion of EDT, NHTSA will discuss the recently redesigned safety data elements within the vPIC vehicle identification number (VIN) decoding system and how states can leverage this service for not only decoding VINs but for a variety of support processes.  As an example, NHTSA will discuss as well using these new vehicle data elements as a starting point for evaluating effectiveness of Automated Driving Systems (ADS) within the states to further the conversation of improved safety.

The Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Program Assessment has been redesigned and will be made available to States starting this fall by NHTSA’s Safety Countermeasures Division. This presentation will describe the new “hybrid” process, which includes a new advisory and a standard set of online assessment questions.

Michael D. Frenchik - serves as the Division Chief for the Safety Systems Management Division (SSMD), which is in NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA).   SSMD works directly with state entities to obtain crash data using modern technologies, which includes a combination of coding interfaces using web-based interfaces and electronic data / document transfer technologies.  Additionally, SSMD works closely with vehicle-based manufacturers to collect and consolidate basic manufacturer and vehicle descriptive data, which is used throughout the crash systems and presented to the public. Mr. Frenchik has a Masters in Computer Information Systems Management through University of Maryland University College, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Minnesota.  Mr. Frenchik joined the Federal government in 2005 and has served in a variety of agencies as a senior IT systems management official managing large data systems.  Prior to joining the Federal government Mr. Frenchik served in the U.S. Army as a blood researcher researching improvements in blood storage.

Tom Bragan -  Born a New Yorker. Grew up delivering the Washington Post in Arlington, VA. Served in the Army, jumping out of a few planes and enjoying Europe. Began college in Florida with dreams of being the next Jacques Cousteau, didn’t want to get into fish farming, and finished with an ever-practical Philosophy degree. Returned to DC and worked for a series of Federal contractors before joining the Other side in 2009. Hip deep in MMUCC for years, ankle deep in FARS for nearly as long, and getting his feet wet recently with  NIEM and traffic records assessments. Likes to take long walks getting lost in the woods.


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