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2/5/2009


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USDOT organizes team to oversee economic stimulus spending



U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently created a team within the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) that will coordinate and oversee the transportation portion of any enacted economic recovery programs.

Staffed with USDOT operating and administrative officials, the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) team will identify and prioritize key transit rail, highway, bridge, aviation and intermodal spending. The group also will ensure funding is rapidly made available for transportation infrastructure projects and develop reporting standards to accurately track money as it's spent.

In addition, the USDOT's chief economist and Performance Management Office will coordinate with the Office of Management and Budget and other White House departments to review performance measures that will be used to track job creation and other measurements designed to assess the impact of each infrastructure investment.
 
The TIGER team will be co-chaired by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs Lana Hurdle and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Joel Szabat.

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