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Audit Initiated of DOT’s Processes for Identifying Surface Transportation Workforce Needs To Implement IIJA

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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) invested about $660 billion in funding for new and existing DOT programs—more than twice the amount in the previous 5-year authorization law. In 2022, DOT established a goal to hire 1,400 employees in its surface transportation Operating Administrations (OA) to respond to identified IIJA-related needs between fiscal years 2022 and 2026. Due to the important role workforce capacity may have on successfully implementing IIJA programs, we are initiating this audit to support the Department in its efforts to assess its surface transportation workforce needs. Specifically, our objectives are to (1) evaluate surface transportation OAs’ processes for identifying positions needed to implement new and expanded IIJA programs and (2) report on those OAs’ progress toward addressing identified IIJA staffing needs.