New DOT chief Gena Abraham has found an abundance of problems with how the DOT does it’s business:
Gena Abraham, eight days in office as commissioner of DOT, told Gov. Sonny Perdue Wednesday that her new staff couldn’t tell her how many projects the department has on its books, giving her answers ranging from 1,100 to the latest answer, 9,211, of which 2,470 are active.
She said projects from the Governor’s “Fast Forward” program, for which the state authorized borrowing $3 billion to accelerate projects, are $4.2 billion over cost estimates, even after a substantial portion of them were moved off the accelerated list.
Open lawsuits against the department number about 1,553, with no evidence they’re being managed in a comprehensive way. The department’s own accounting systems don’t talk to each other, she reported.
And there is no one at the department charged with following a project from start to finish and making sure it gets done.
It’s was all news to them, said the governor and DOT board members.
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