California Department of Transportation

Office of Resources, Administration and State Planning & Research (ORAS)

Overview

Through efficient management, the Office of Resources, Administration, and State Planning and Research (ORAS) makes the most effective use of the Transportation Planning Program resources by providing budget planning, administrative services, and federal reporting.  ORAS is comprised of three branches that manage and support the Transportation Planning Program: Resources, Administration, and State Planning and Research (SPR) Part I.

Resources

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. 

Administration

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. 

State Planning and Research (SPR) Part I

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. 

Research Coordination

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


Contact

Mitchell Baker is the Office Chief for the Office of Resources, Administration, and State Planning and Research (SPR).