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TWDB, TxDOT & Proposition 8

Wednesday, August 21, 2019  
Posted by: Michael Hancock
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Member Update

August 12, 2019

 

TWDB Requests Feedback on Flood Funding Implementation & Proposition 8

 

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) issued their Implementation of Flood Legislation from the 86thLegislative Session report this week for stakeholder review and feedback.Following the passage of over $1.8 billion in project funding for flood infrastructure and planning, the attached report outlines several key issues and questions for stakeholders to submit feedback on to assist the TWDB with the implementation process. The TWDB requests that all feedback be submitted by written comments or at one of the stakeholder workshops that will be held in the first two weeks of August. A complete listing of locations and times of the workshops can be found at the following link: TWDB Flood Workshops. Written comments are requested by August 30th and can be submitted to: RulesComments@TWDB.Texas.Gov.

The TWDB will serve as administrator for the $859 million in flood project funding allocated in Senate Bill 500 and Senate Bill 7 from the 2019 Legislative Session.Additionally, House Joint Resolution 4 by Rep. Dade Phelan will now officially be Proposition 8 on the November 5, 2019 General Election ballot. Prop. 8 will create the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) to be used for financing drainage, flood mitigation and control projects across the state. If approved by voters, Prop. 8 will appropriate an additional $793 million from the Rainy Day Fund for qualifying flood projects.

 

TxDOT IT Requirements, “Attachment G”

TxDOT has released the latest version of “Attachment G” regarding information resources and security requirements which can be found by clicking here. In addition to the new attachment, there will be a paragraph inserted into the scope of each contract, which will classify the data that will be handled by the consultant. The standard paragraph will read:

Unless otherwise clearly labeled or otherwise specifically excepted through a provision of this contract or its attachments, all data provided to or generated by the Engineer under this contract is considered public data for the purposes of applying TxDOT’s data security standards. The Engineer shall manage all data and work products according to the terms of the contract, including specifically Article 7.

 

The paragraph will change if the specific contract requires data security that is higher than the “public classification.”

 

The 2019 ACEC TEXAS Salary & Benefits Survey Is Now Available On-Line

If your firm would like to participate, you will need your firms User ID and Password to access the survey. To retrieve your User ID and Password, simply email me at mike@acectx.org with your intention to participate and I will forward the information to your attention.Once you have received your User ID and Password, you will be able to access the survey.

The survey is intended to measure the compensation of all employees as of August 1, 2019. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, September 13, 2019.

Members who provide information for their firm will be charged $275 and will receive the results no later than mid-October. In order to participate, firms must complete the salary and benefit sections and provide information for all offices in Texas.

2019 - 2020 Calendar of Events

  • September 30 & October 1, 2019: Project Management Training; HESS Club – Houston, Texas
  • October 14, 2019: ACEC Texas Fajita Fiesta; Brazos Expo Center – Bryan/College Station, Texas
  • December 5–8, 2019: ACEC Texas Winter Public Affairs Conference;The Boulders Resort – Scottsdale, Arizona
  • January 20 & 21, 2020: Project Management Training;HESS Club – Houston, Texas
  • February 10 & 11, 2020: Project Management Training; HESS Club – Houston, Texas
  • March 29 & 30, 2020: ACEC Texas Annual Meeting; Four Seasons Hotel – Houston, Texas
  • March 30, 2020: ACEC Texas Engineering Excellence Awards; Four Seasons – Houston, Texas
  • May 6 & 7, 2020: ACEC Texas Business Conference: Omni Colonnade – San Antonio, Texas
  • June 11–14, 2020: ACEC Texas Summer Public Affairs Conference; Park Hyatt Beaver Creek – Beaver Creek, Colorado

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