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*Functional Obsolescence versus **Structural Deficiency..*

On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 8:21 AM, Polhemus, William

> Those who know me might find this surprising, but after my experience of
> five years working almost exclusively on Texas DOT projects in the late
> 1990s, including close contact with TxDOT engineering and project
> management personnel, I came to the conclusion that the move to 
> "privatize" engineering design of transportation facilities was a huge 
> mistake, and possibly the worst example of "crony capitalism" that you 
> could find at that time - at the state level.
> (Our current Federal government's "pay to play" and "investment" (in
> boondoggles) mentality makes it seem like child's play in comparison, but
> that's a different conversation).
> The fact of the matter is, the move twenty years ago toward 
> "privatization" was pushed solely by a certain industry organization with 
> whom most of us might be familiar, and aimed more at creating a comfy 
> chair for "beltway bandits" than anything else. The fact is that despite 
> the demonstrable waste that certainly goes on in huge state-level 
> organizations like TxDOT (often called before the current era, the "Texas 
> Department of Defense"), such waste can be handled best by adequate 
> oversight of entities like Inspectors General.

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Jose M Rojas Guzman

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