TxDOT undergoes reorganization; some ...

TxDOT undergoes reorganization; some may lose jobs

There are 33 comments on the El Paso Times story from Jul 22, 2008, titled TxDOT undergoes reorganization; some may lose jobs. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

About 600 Texas Department of Transportation workers statewide, including 48 in El Paso, will see some big changes in their jobs and could even lose them as the agency reorganizes in the face of legislative ...

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Harold

El Paso, TX

#1 Jul 22, 2008
JHC, no job is secure anymore! Not even in the gov't!

Since: May 08

Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Jul 22, 2008
Its about time. Transporting by rail is like 10 to 15 times as efficient as trucks. WAKE UP!
Frank FINALLY

Roseland, NJ

#3 Jul 23, 2008
It is about time, as is the case with most Gov't agencies, this is one of the most inefficient and wasteful there is, come milions and millions on studies when they no darn well local support is not present and to continue to pay consultants for data that already exists within local agenecies. Redundancy, well let's just say that the local office has people doing nothing all day and people backing those people up.
PLB

United States

#4 Jul 23, 2008
It is ironic that TxDOT looks at regionalization 10 years after this concept was trashed as "not for this agency". This concept was on the implementation stage during the "Bill Barnett era". The old schooled die hard engineers would have nothing to do with such and idea to reduce duplication of work and streamline operations to and effective organization. Each district is and was considered " my area of domain". Each district engineer considered himself/herself the ruler of this area. "I am the district engineer and I make all the decision" as Amadeo Saenz (current executive director) would say and has instilled this philospy to all his understudies.
The so called reorganization simply indicates how slow and how indecisive the agency has been.
The 35 million can very easily obatined as a cost savings, if simply, the agency curtails it's consultant expenditures and favorable treatment of this "scared cow". It does not take an engineer to figure this out. It takes a business man.
BLC

Waco, TX

#5 Jul 25, 2008
As a TxDOT Employee, I am on the inside, and while my specific job isn't being targeted, I see alot of flaw with "the plan." As always, TxDOT makes its cuts at the "worker bee" level, and adds another level of management. Let me assure you that this is exactly what is going on this time, just as it's done every time this happens for at least the last 20 years. All that Regionalization is doing is hurting Group 14 and below employees - Trust me the all holy engineers aren't about to give up their jobs!
SSS

Cedar Park, TX

#6 Jul 26, 2008
The whole sunset process will be a farce if distance isn't placed between the governor, the TxDOT commissioners and TxDOT upper management. As such TxDOT's grand plan is to pass the "accountability buck" to its human resources, accounting, information technology and purchasing personnel. How is this being done? This is being done by creating approximately 15 new TxDOT engineering positions to supervise support staff, at an approximate annual cost to taxpayers of at least $150,000.00. All support staff will be forced to compete for a reduced number of support jobs and to relocate to Lubbock, Fort Worth, Houston or San Antonio. Support staffs only comprise about 4% of the existing TxDOT workforce. TxDOT upper management planned this behind closed doors and destroyed all meeting minutes. This plan will be implemented before January 2009, without legislative or public consent. Rather than focusing on the key recommendations of the Sunset Commission, TxDOT upper management is playing a shell game to divert attention away from their (upper management's) ignorance and impropriety by reducing staff members who try to keep upper management honest. If left unchecked, this restructuring plan will leave TxDOT maintenance and construction staff without the resources needed to adequately maintain and construct highways. This will inevitably trickle down to the public in the form of poorly maintained highways. The public and the legislature had better stand up and fire all the appointed commissioners and TxDOT's governor appointed executive director and the "just as worthless" deputy executive directors before the agency spirals out of control.
SSS

Cedar Park, TX

#7 Jul 26, 2008
The whole sunset process will be a farce if distance isn't placed between the governor, the TxDOT commissioners and TxDOT upper management. As such TxDOT's grand plan is to pass the "accountability buck" to its human resources, accounting, information technology and purchasing personnel. How is this being done? This is being done by creating approximately 15 new TxDOT engineering positions to supervise support staff, at an approximate annual cost to taxpayers of at least $1,050,000.00. All support staff will be forced to compete for a reduced number of support jobs and to relocate to Lubbock, Fort Worth, Houston or San Antonio. Support staffs only comprise about 4% of the existing TxDOT workforce. TxDOT upper management planned this behind closed doors and destroyed all meeting minutes. This plan will be implemented before January 2009, without legislative or public consent. Rather than focusing on the key recommendations of the Sunset Commission, TxDOT upper management is playing a shell game to divert attention away from their (upper management's) ignorance and impropriety by reducing staff members who try to keep upper management honest. If left unchecked, this restructuring plan will leave TxDOT maintenance and construction staff without the resources needed to adequately maintain and construct highways. This will inevitably trickle down to the public in the form of poorly maintained highways. The public and the legislature had better stand up and fire all the appointed commissioners and TxDOT's governor appointed executive director and the "just as worthless" deputy executive directors before the agency spirals out of control.
abc

Irving, TX

#8 Jul 27, 2008
I'm a Txdot Employee. This restructuring is nothing more than attempt by the Executive Director and his assistants to justify their salaries by doing away with others. The Sunset Commission is not focused on the grunts in the trenches, it's the top management. It will serve them right if they are replaced. While it is true that there are plenty of slackers that could be fired, most of them suck up to management and will not be identified. That leaves everyone; dedicated employees included to face the odds in the "lottery". Where is the Legislature on this?
BLC

Waco, TX

#9 Jul 27, 2008
Let's not forget too, that the real ruination of TxDOT - Rick Perry and the Transportation Commission, and I agree with everything that SSS in College Station and abc in Witchita Falls!
TxDOT MAD

Cumby, TX

#10 Jul 30, 2008
I am a TxDOT employee and have been for some time. I have seen my share of bad ideas come from the upper management but I believe this is the craziest. TxDOT needs work but this isnít the answer. They are now talking about cutting vehicle maintenance shops from 8 to 4 in the region I am in. I donít know but if we have a bad winter our trucks must roll and we donít have the time to wait on a few mechanics to work on large fleets of trucks that need to be sanding bridges during a snow are ice storm. Do we just tell the public that we donít have the people? I bet that would go over real well. Now what is it when we are told one year we have too many supervisors and then our director creates more supervisors to help him do his job that he donít seem to know what to do with. It is a good case of mess with the little man. So will this be done without legislative or public consent?

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Since: Jul 08

Research USA

#11 Aug 1, 2008
pedro_einstein wrote:
Its about time. Transporting by rail is like 10 to 15 times as efficient as trucks. WAKE UP!
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FACELESS STATE EMPLOYEE

AOL

#12 Aug 16, 2008
It used to be that we had a face of who we were in our department and assitance to emmployees was the best. But now we are faceless and no assistance to our needs. TXDOT has turned from a warm hearted to a cold and heartless organiztion and it seems that now it wants to increase it to the next knotch. This organozation is not what a young man or woman want to saddle for as a long committment. It is best to be used as a stepping stone for a better job, and some are doing that already. Let them train you, get your certification, and leave for a more secured job. And that may be the future for TXDOT.
GuessFamily1

Houston, TX

#13 Aug 20, 2008
TxDOT's policy of having engineers in management when they have no experience in managment has turned this agency into a joke. Truth is stranger than fiction. A billion dollar error and no heads roll? Regoranizing non engineering functions into regions and continue with the districts? What in the hell are these guys thinking.....Lets get some business people with managment experinece in place and get TxDOT building roads again. Our economy depends on having a great transportation system. Next election vote for legistators and a governor who will fire the slackers and incompetents and get Texas moving again.

Since: Apr 08

Republic of Texas

#14 Aug 24, 2008
BLC wrote:
Let's not forget too, that the real ruination of TxDOT - Rick Perry and the Transportation Commission, and I agree with everything that SSS in College Station and abc in Witchita Falls!
Sooooo true. They want everything in Texas about roads to be 'for profit'. We're being sold out. All these toll roads should be like the old toll road between Dallas and Ft. Worth. It's now I-30.. It was toll until the road was paid for and then it became free. That's the way they ALL should be... Not turned over to a corporation to feed the CEO's back pockets!!
john

El Paso, TX

#15 Aug 24, 2008
wake up people..we need toll roads and we need them now!

Since: Apr 08

Republic of Texas

#16 Aug 24, 2008
john wrote:
wake up people..we need toll roads and we need them now!
We might need toll roads, but we don't need 'for profit' toll roads that are going to put money into stockholder's pockets. We need the tolls to go for construction and maintenance ONLY!!!
X-FILES

AOL

#17 Sep 15, 2008
If you want to survive the TXDOT experience then, trust no one, and keep your thoughts about the job to yoursef. Do not complain to no one. And if you see any wrong doing,look the other way or expect to be punished and black listed otherwise. And as soon as you are able to meet the rule of 80, just get the hell out before they put the screws on you.
X-Employee

Pharr, TX

#18 Dec 6, 2008
Has anybody seen the final plan submitted this month? Can anybody produce a copy?

As an ex TxDOT employee, forced to leave the agency due to this ridiculous plans, I'm curious as to if my gutt feeling was correct.
pedroeinstein

Pittsburgh, PA

#19 Dec 7, 2008
People, I am too busy now to get phone numbers out to you, but look up your local traffic engineer and then call the state offices and question the engineers. They are genrally really nice. But I called about i year before a huge interchange project was contracted and specd
out and I went point by point what was needed. I am sure the traffic engineer thought I was a naive
citizen but I pressed my points and sure enough Texdot looks like they are going to do the interchange correctly this time. i also called our state reps on the state committes for transportation and spoke with them or their staffs directly. Believe me, if you sound halfway intelligent you will have their ear for a bit. It is a lot better than writing though writing has it's place. the alternative is to sit back, or vote and wait to see while nothing! ever changes!
Anon E Mouse

Paris, TX

#20 Sep 20, 2009
txdot employees have been told NOT to discuss this regionalization with anyone, including family. They have attended meetings that have been little more than "change is good, rah rah rah" indoctrination events. They have been told not to call their elected officials, lawyers or anyone else to find out what their rights are. What is this? Communist Russia?!?!?! I hope every one who reads this calls Austin to complain because TX roads and jobs are at stake! Toll roads are usually owned by foreign companies who take the profits to their country (CINTRA, Spanish co. is one)

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