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Progress Report: Department of Transportation Expedites Privatization, But Savings Uncertain; May Be Feasible to Eliminate More Positions, Report No. 03-30, April 2003
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  • As we recommended in a 2001 report, the department has expedited its employee position reduction plan.  In some areas, the department demonstrated that its efforts to reduce in-house employees and increase privatization of services has produced cost savings.  However, for many programs, the department cannot demonstrate whether such efforts reduced overall costs. In these areas, the department lacks the data needed to compare the costs of state employees providing a service versus private contractors providing that service. 
  • There are additional opportunities for the department to reduce its workforce.  The department could reduce the number of employees needed to monitor contracts by expanding its use of asset management and performance-based contracts.  However, the department will need to retain sufficient employees to effectively manage and monitor its contracts with private companies.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 01-13 Special Review: Department of Transportation Can Expedite Its Proposed Staffing Reduction Plan, published in March 2001.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Florida Department of Transportation
Public Transportation
Florida's Turnpike Enterprise
Highway Construction and Engineering

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 01-41 Progress Report: Toll Operations Program Adopts Some Recommendations—Saved $1 Million, published in September 2001.

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