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DOT team to manage stimulus funds

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery team has been created at the Department of Transportation (DOT) to coordinate the department’s role in an economic recovery program, according to DOT information.

The team is tasked with making the funding rapidly available for transportation infrastructure projects and seeing that the spending is monitored and transparent, the DOT information stated.

Composed of officials from across the department’s operating administrations and offices, the team is co-chaired by Lana Hurdle, deputy assistant secretary for budget and programs, and Joel Szabat, deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy.

The team will identify and prioritize key highway, bridge, transit, rail, aviation, and intermodal spending. It also will develop reporting standards to track the money as it is being spent and ensure that accountability requirements are being met.

DOT's chief economist and Performance Management Office will coordinate with the Office of Management and Budget and other White Office offices on the performance measures that will be used to track job creation and other indications of the impact of each infrastructure investment.

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