3.1.2 TAM Roles


TAM Roles

Agencies can use this checklist to determine if there are any gaps in the roles needed for a successful TAM program. These roles may be performed elsewhere in the agency, but may not be formally linked to the TAM program. If this is the case, an agency needs to formally establish the roles as TAM-related. If there are no existing staff to fill the necessary TAM roles, the agency may be able to make a case for new positions or outsourcing. Identifying how lack of appropriate skills will keep the agency from achieving goals, the anticipated return on investment from TAM, or comparison to TAM implementation at successful peer agencies can help make a case for additional staff or outsourcing.

Asset Management Lead(s). Responsible for implementing TAM and meeting federal and state TAM-related requirements.

Asset Owner (also called asset steward). Has lead responsibilities for managing a particular class of asset. Can be at the agency or field office level.

Asset Data Steward. Ensures all data related to a specific asset class is accurate and aligned with other pieces of data.

Asset Management Software System Owner. Manages specific software systems, bridge/pavement management system.

Asset Management Software System Architect. Looks at the connectivity of information across systems and across outputs.

Asset Engineer. Applies engineering know-how to specific asset types.

Analyst (data, economics, financial). Takes data, then applies statistical, economic or financial analysis to provide guidance using that information.

TAM Planner. In the planning or other units; considers long-term planning/policy-making for assets as it relates to programming.

TAM Programmer. Considers program-level investment decision-making for assets.

TAM Economist. Looks at economic tradeoffs of various scenarios on actions taken for a specific asset.

TAM Field Manager. Manages day-to-day asset activities in a field/district office.

TAM IT and Data Manager and Specialist. Usually in a Data/IT unit; ensures overall information and tools support for asset management work.