News & Press: Member Update

TxDOT Annual Rate Negotiations & Prop 8

Friday, September 20, 2019  
Posted by: Michael Hancock
Share |


Member Update

September 20, 2019


TxDOT Annual Rate Negotiations


Several ACEC Texas workgroups are having discussions with TxDOT regarding the agency’s proposal to move to annual rate negotiations.The Transportation Commission adopted rules on this subject in May and now the discussions are on how to implement it.


The goal of the effort is to streamline and centralize the negotiation process as well as to provide more consistency for a firm’s labor rates between districts and regions. From ACEC’s perspective, it is also to increase the agency’s understanding of actual, fact-based market salary rates and the factors that affect those in a booming economy. Theoretically, each firm would negotiate labor rates once a year; these would apply across all contracts entered into for the year, with further negotiations focused on level of effort.

The discussions to date have been fairly general. Key issues that have been identified include

  • what data firms must submit;
  • how it will be utilized;
  • how, if at all, the universe of data affects individual firms;
  • how to deal with different business models that affect salaries;
  • escalation in multi-year contracts;
  • provisions for accurate/correct rates for PMs and key task leaders;
  • profit based on risk profile.

In addition, separate work groups for surveying, utilities, and traffic management are working to identify appropriate elements for unit cost items and other direct expenses.



Proposition 8 Campaign: Flood Infrastructure Fund


The marketing campaign in support of Proposition 8 is beginning to take shape with the formation of Stronger Texas Political Action Committee. Behind the leadership of Representative Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont), who authored the legislation, the PAC is aimed at garnering voters’ support for Proposition 8 leading up to the November 5th general election. Prop 8 proposes a constitutional amendment to the Texas Constitution to create the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects across the state. If approved, the FIF will be allocated $793 million from the Rainy-Day Fund to be used for qualifying projects. ACEC Texas actively supported this legislation during the 2019 Legislative Session and will continue to provide support through the 2019 general election.

Opposition to Prop 8 has recently emerged from a libertarian-leaning, far-right group, who has stated they oppose Prop 8 because, “State-subsidized debt serves as a disincentive to properly prioritizing spending and distorts market forces.”

ACEC Texas will be contributing to the Stronger Texas PAC in support of Prop 8 and would encourage others to do the same.

If your firm would like to support and donate to the Stronger Texas PAC, please review the following form: Proposition 8: Stronger Texas PAC Donor Form. More information on Prop 8 and the Stronger Texas PAC can be found here: Vote Yes Prop 8



2020 ACEC Texas Leadership Academy


ACEC Texas is pleased to announce the 2020 Consulting Engineering Leadership Academy - a leadership-training program for young principals and others identified as future leaders in member firms.

The program is designed for individuals with approximately 6 to 10 years’ experience in the industry and who are identified as potential leaders of your firm. Candidates will be selected through a registration process as well as by recommendation from their peers. Participants will be expected to participate in four sessions, which will be presented in four modules:

  • Session I: Leadership Skills: June 26th & 27th - Dallas, Texas
  • Session II: Business Management Skills: July 24th & 25th - San Antonio, Texas
  • Session III: Vision and Strategic Thinking: August 21st & 22nd - Houston, Texas
  • Session IV: The External Environment: September 17th & 18th - Austin, Texas

A detailed program agenda and registration information will be sent out at a later date.



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: Hilton Arlington – Arlington, Texas
  • January 27 & 28, 2020: Project Management Training: HESS Club – Houston, Texas
  • February 10 & 11, 2020: Project Management Training: Omni Colonnade – San Antonio, 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

In The News

Go to for current articles on construction, engineering, public works, transportation, politics and more including:

  • Austin City Council delays final Riverside redevelopment vote
  • City wins latest round in Plano Tomorrow lawsuit, plaintiffs plan to appeal Known as Plano Tomorrow, the city’s master plan sought to rethink how the city uses its land as its population has changed and modern housing and retail trends favor high-density
  • Total betting on LNG strategy in emerging economies
  • What the Beep: Why does the 290 toll road end before Manor, causing a huge bottleneck?
  • Texas Budgets Are Meeting Spending Growth Limits -- Top State Officials
  • Voters should confirm groundwater district in November
  • and much more . . .



ACEC Texas Chapters


1001 Congress Ave., Suite 200 - Austin, Texas 78701

512-474-1474 - fax 512-474-1490

Follow Us On Social Media



Community Search
Sign In


ACEC San Antonio Chapter Meeting-08/19/20