Team to coordinate DOT role in economic recovery

Team to coordinate DOT role in economic recovery

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has created a team at the Department of Transportation to coordinate the agency’s role in President Obama’s economic recovery program. The team will ensure that economic recovery funding is rapidly made available for transportation infrastructure projects, and that project spending is monitored and transparent.

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) team is composed of officials from across the DOT’s operating administrations and offices. It is co-chaired by Lana Hurdle, deputy assistant secretary for budget and programs, and Joel Szabat, deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy.

"We created the TIGER team to make sure that DOT’s portion of recovery funding goes out to states and localities as quickly as possible in order to immediately create jobs and strengthen our economy and transportation systems," LaHood said.

Along with identifying and prioritizing key highway, bridge, transit, rail, aviation, and intermodal spending, the team will develop reporting standards to accurately track the money as it is being spent, and ensure that all accountability requirements are being met.

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