(A) review the scope of the research; and
(B)(i) approve the plan and outlook; or
(ii) request that the plan and outlook be revised and resubmitted for approval.
(1) the research is required by an Act of Congress;
(2) the research was part of a contract that was funded before the date of enactment of this chapter;
(3) the research updates previously commissioned research; or
(4) the Assistant Secretary certifies to Congress that such research is necessary, and provides justification for such certification.
(A) each modal research plan has been reviewed; and
(B) there is no duplication of study for research directed, commissioned, or conducted by the Department of Transportation.
(A) notify Congress of the duplicative research; and
(B) submit to Congress a corrective action plan to eliminate the duplicative research.
(Added Pub. L. 114–94, div. A, title VI, §6019(b)(1), Dec. 4, 2015, 129 Stat. 1578.)
The date of enactment of this chapter, referred to in subsec. (c)(2), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 114–94, which was approved Dec. 4, 2015.
Section effective Oct. 1, 2015, see section 1003 of Pub. L. 114–94, set out as an Effective Date of 2015 Amendment note under section 5313 of Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.
Pub. L. 114–94, div. A, title VI, §6019(a), Dec. 4, 2015, 129 Stat. 1577, provided that: "Congress finds that—
"(1) Federal transportation research planning—
"(A) should be coordinated by the Office of the Secretary [of Transportation]; and
"(B) should be, to the extent practicable, multimodal and not occur solely within the sub-agencies of the Department [of Transportation];
"(2) managing a multimodal research portfolio within the Office of the Secretary will—
"(A) help identify opportunities in which research could be applied across modes; and
"(B) prevent duplication of efforts and waste of limited Federal resources;
"(3) the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology at the Department of Transportation will—
"(A) give stakeholders a formal opportunity to address concerns;
"(B) ensure unbiased research; and
"(C) improve the overall research products of the Department; and
"(4) increasing transparency of transportation research and development efforts will—
"(A) build stakeholder confidence in the final product; and
"(B) lead to the improved implementation of research findings."