A conflict-of-interest law set to go into effect on Sept. 1 in Texas (C.S.S.B. 20) will prohibit any employee of TxDOT with a role in managing a procurement from accepting a job with any of the principals or subcontractors of any of the bidders for the contract for two years after the award.
The bill also will require that all contracts for “expedited” highway improvement projects, design-build and comprehensive development agreements be signed by a member of the Texas Transportation Commission or Executive Director of TxDOT.
The exodus at all levels of TxDOT has begun, says an engineering firm executive. “TxDOT will be devoid of leadership,” he predicts.