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Strategic Goal: Foster Stewardship

Ensure efficient use of state resources. The Foster Stewardship goal includes the following objectives:

  • Use fiscal resources responsibly.
  • Protect our natural resources.
  • Operate efficiently and manage risk.

Click on the measures and highlights related to this strategic goal below to see more information about them.

Description: Measurement of funds spent on transportation costs, excluding support services.

How is it measured? Direct transportation expenditures are the ratio of funds spent toward direct strategies to total funds spent, or direct plus indirect strategies.

Indirect strategies excluded from direct transportation expenditures are:

  • Central administration
  • Information resources
  • Other support services

All other funding strategies are direct.

Why this matters? As a state agency, TxDOT must be a good steward of its resources and promote fiscal responsibility by maximizing funding of highway infrastructure.

What are the results? Direct transportation expenditures continue to remain stable.

Description: Measurement of how much federal-contract funding goes to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs).

The DBE Program is a legislatively mandated U.S. Department of Transportation program that applies to federal-aid dollars expended on federally-assisted contracts issued by TxDOT.

How is it measured? DBE attainment is the ratio of dollars awarded or committed to DBEs to total dollars awarded in prime contracts under two categories:

  • Race conscious (RC): Programs that focus only on assisting DBEs
  • Race neutral (RN): Activities or programs that benefit and assist all small businesses equally, including DBEs

Example: $100 awarded under race-conscious programs with DBE businesses on federally funded contracts and $1,000 in total dollars awarded in prime contracts on federally funded contracts equates to a DBE Attainment of 10%.

Why this matters? The DBE program ensures that federally assisted contracts for highway, transit and aviation projects are made available to minority or women-owned businesses and socially and/or economically disadvantaged people.

What are the results? Total DBE Attainment was much higher in federal fiscal year 2020 than in 2019.

Description: Measurement of how much state-contract funding goes to Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs).

The HUB Program is a legally required state program managed by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

How is it measured? HUB attainment is the ratio of dollars spent with HUBs to total dollars spent with all businesses under six categories:

  • Building construction
  • Special trade construction
  • Professional services
  • Other services
  • Commodities
  • Heavy construction*

Example: $100 spent with HUB businesses for state-funded building construction contracts and $1,000 in total expenditures on state-funded building construction contracts equates to a HUB attainment of 10%.

*TxDOT’s heavy construction projects are exempt from the HUB program under Texas Government Code §2161.004. TxDOT instead uses federal DBE goals.

Why this matters? The HUB Program was created to promote full and equal procurement opportunities for small and minority- and women-owned businesses.

What are the results? HUB attainment in state fiscal year 2020 was lower than in 2019 for all categories except Special Trade Construction and Professional Services.

We recognize the need to rethink and innovate how we operate to create better work products, improve service quality, streamline operations and develop employees — all while consuming fewer resources.

To accomplish this, our leadership created the Innovation and Cost Efficiency program. The program offers employees and the traveling public an opportunity to submit suggestions that provide thoughtful ideas on how to think differently and work smarter. The program engages all Texans by asking the question, “How would you make TxDOT work better, faster, and safer?”

Anyone interested in submitting a suggestion or learning more about the program can visit our Innovation and Cost Efficiency program page.

TxDOT’s Alliance Program works to increase the participation of disadvantaged business owners in the highway construction industry. It does so by providing Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) with firm-specific training and guidance to help them become competitive within the highway or construction industry.

The program provides networking opportunities, project-matching assistance between subcontractors and primes, and access to training in the areas of business development, business management and construction management. Services include:

  • Classroom and workshop components.
  • Technical assistance.
  • Vendor events.
  • Industry partnering at the local, state and federal levels.

To learn more about the program, visit our Alliance Program page.

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