Panel Advises Leadership, Other Changes for TxDOT

Thursday, Jan 6, 2011  |  Updated 11:15 AM CDT
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Panel Advises Leadership, Other Changes for TxDOT

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 17: A constuction work sign is seen during a repaving project by the Florida Department of Transportation on February 17, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. States across the nation are hoping that with the signing of the $787 billion stimulus bill by President Barack Obama today that they will see an influx of federal money for infrastructure projects and to help the economy recover. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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An advisory panel says the Texas Department of Transportation needs new leadership, consolidated financial operations and better communication with the public.

The recommendations came Wednesday in Austin from a three-member review council appointed last year by the Texas Transportation Commission.

The restructuring report cites an "acute erosion of public confidence in TxDOT." Specifics on proposed leadership changes were not included.

Another recommendation includes hiring a chief information officer to oversee technology for TxDOT, with about 12,000 employees and a two-year budget topping $16 billion.

The recommendations come as the Texas Legislature prepares to convene on Tuesday.

TxDOT is overseen by the five-member Texas Transportation Commission. Commissioners are appointed by the governor.

Chairwoman Deirdre Delisi says the panel is "going to do things that make sense" for TxDOT.+

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