Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Glenn Hegar

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Highway Engineer Staffing Analysis

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The 2009 Texas Legislature directed the Comptroller of Public Accounts to examine engineering staffing patterns at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and report on its findings by January 1, 2010. Rider 57 of the 2009 General Appropriations Act specified the data to be considered in the Comptroller’s analysis, including:

  • the number of engineers employed by TxDOT for the past five years, by function and strategy;
  • the dollar volume of highway and bridge projects awarded by TxDOT in the last five years;
  • TxDOT’s engineering costs for both in-house and contracted services, per $100 million of recent project awards; and
  • the change in total engineering costs per $100 million of project awards for each 1 percent increase in the dollar volume of contracted engineering services.

Rider 57 also directed the Comptroller to recommend a 10-year staffing and consultant usage plan for TxDOT based on projected funding levels; an attrition plan (if desirable); and a detailed description on how this analysis should be incorporated into TxDOT’s ongoing restructuring efforts.

As required by Rider 57, the Comptroller’s office conducted this study in consultation with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE), the Association of General Contractors, the Consultant Engineer Counsel and TxDOT. After seeking a qualified independent cost accounting firm through a fair and competitive process, the Comptroller’s office contracted with the Reznick Group P.C. for all professional accounting services required by the rider.

The full text of Rider 57 is available in Appendix A of the report.

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