The Transportation Department was accredited by the American Public Works Association (APWA) in 2007, confirming its compliance with the recommended practices established for public works agencies around the country.
The objectives of the accreditation program include:
- creating impetus for organization self improvement and stimulating general raising of standards;
- offering a voluntary evaluation and education program rather than government-regulated activity; and
- recognizing good performance and providing motivation to maintain and improve it.
As with all of the accreditation processes, the Transportation Department was required to perform a rigorous self-assessment, comparing its policies, procedures and practices to those in nationally recognized Public Works Management Practices Manual. Agencies can use the recommended practices in the manual as a model for developing or improving existing practices to enhance performance, increase productivity and to strengthen employee morale.