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MnDOT Policies

Policy program

The Administrative Policy Program provides direction to MnDOT governance by engaging stakeholders in policy development, by referencing applicable laws and external direction, and by aligning with MnDOT’s strategic plan.

Policy program resources

  • Agency Policy Manual
  • Services:
    • Write, edit and publish administrative policies
    • Provide technical expertise on MnDOT policies
    • Provide analysis, document control and change control services
    • Research law, regulations and existing policies for currency and accuracy
    • Link policy with technical documentation when appropriate
    • Ensure that MnDOT policies are relevant and contemporary
    • Provide useful and usable policy documents and resources (web library)
    • Support Policy Owners, Governance Council, Division Directors, Deputy Commissioners
    • Educate and promote policy awareness
    • Maintain a standardized policy format and taxonomy
    • Maintain the policy repository and website

Governance definitions and relationship

These definitions will help in planning for an administrative policy or a technical memo. Suggest changes to current policies or propose a new policy.

Administrative Policy Technical Memo
Impacts are department-wide or across several divisions Targeted audiences; specific/narrow technical topic that applies to a specific sector of MnDOT
Long-term governance decision (no set time horizon for expiration) Limited time of effectiveness; interim governance process; time-sensitive; often incorporated into technical manual
No exceptions or exceptions are stated in the policy May include exceptions and/or a process for exceptions
Defines the position of the department Defines standards, procedures, and guidance
Further details on standards and procedures may be provided in a Tech Memo, manual or other process May stand alone as technical governance documentation or may be linked back to broader administrative policy