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Department of Transportation Can Expedite Its Proposed Staffing Reduction Plan, Report No. 01-13, March 2001
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  • The Department of Transportation plans to eliminate a total of 2,812 positions by June 30, 2005. However, the department could eliminate 2,515 positions by June 30, 2002, by privatizing 2,289 positions and eliminating 226 positions through process improvements and efficiencies. Private contractors are available to absorb the workload if the department expedites the privatization of its activities. Although the department's rate of attrition should enhance its ability to expedite its staffing reduction plan, layoffs would be necessary. 
  • If the Legislature mandates expedited staff reductions, it will be important for the department to enhance its contract management activities. To reduce the impact on employees, the Legislature could consider authorizing department staff to bid to retain some services, and/or postponing layoffs until 2002, when the state's new portable pension plan becomes operational.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Florida Department of Transportation
Florida's Turnpike Enterprise
Right-of-Way Acquisition
Highway Construction and Engineering

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 03-30 Progress Report: Department of Transportation Expedites Privatization, But Savings Uncertain; May Be Feasible to Eliminate More Positions, published in April 2003.
  • Report No. 01-46 Progress Report: Some Highway Right-of-Way Costs Decreased, But Legislative Changes Needed to Further Reduce Costs, published in October 2001.
  • Report No. 01-41 Progress Report: Toll Operations Program Adopts Some Recommendations—Saved $1 Million, published in September 2001.
  • Report No. 99-29  Justification Review of the Highway Construction and Engineering and Transportation System Maintenance Programs, published in January 2000.
  • Report No. 99-24  Justification Review of the Public Transportation Program, published in January 2000.
  • Report No. 99-08  Justification Review of the Toll Operations Program, published in September 1999.
  • Report No. 99-02  Justification Review of the Right-of-Way Acquisition Program, published in August 1999.
  • Report No. 98-86  Justification Review of the Motor Carrier Compliance Program, published in June 1999.

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