Texas – 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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