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The Governor's Budget Recommendation

Executive Office of Public Property


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Executive Office of Public Property

Department of Transportation

Department of Public Buildings and Real Estate Management

Executive Office of Public Property

The new Executive Office of Public Property will be responsible for the planning, development, and maintenance of the Commonwealth's transportation infrastructure; the delivery of transportation services; and the planning, development, repair, construction, and management of the Commonwealth's built assets. The Executive Office will manage and coordinate the activities of the two departments: the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Public Buildings and Real Estate Management, which will be responsible for ensuring that these functions are provided in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.

The management and coordination by the Executive Office of these two departments will eliminate duplicative management functions, and will encourage the expanded use of private industry's property management expertise. Consolidating the capital planning and spending functions currently being carried out by discrete agencies will also greatly enhance the Weld/Cellucci Administration's ability to determine priority projects and to deploy appropriate resources in response.

The Executive Office will be able to effectively triage competing demands and distribute resources, minimizing adverse effects to the operating budget, and enhancing the Commonwealth's ability to maximize service delivery now and in the future. The coordinated management of the transportation system and public property resources is vital to Massachusetts's economic health and will benefit all citizens, industries, and visitors of the Commonwealth.

In Fiscal Year 1997, the Executive Office of Public Property will have the following objectives: The essential state services being consolidated within the Executive Office of Public Property have previously been provided through a number of discrete departments and independent authorities including: During Fiscal Year 1996, the planning and delivery of these services were provided by over 1,585 full-time equivalent staff (FTEs). By the end of Fiscal Year 1997, fewer than 1,500 FTEs will provide the same services in the reorganized Executive Office.

Budget Recommendations

The amount recommended for Fiscal Year 1997, will ensure that the new Secretariat will be able to effectively address its mission and objectives. It will also fund the administrative operations at the Office of the Secretary; contract assistance and debt service assistance to the MBTA; maintenance operations at the Department of Transportation, including snow and ice removal and regional transit service; and building construction, and management activities at the Department of Public Buildings and Real Estate Management.

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Department of Transportation

The new Department of Transportation will be responsible for the preliminary engineering, design, construction, maintenance, and repair of over 12,500 consolidated lane miles of state-designated roads, highways, parkways, and bridges. The Department will also be responsible for reviewing the design and construction of all locally-owned bridges on public-ways in the Commonwealth. In addition, the Department will coordinate surface transportation services.

In Fiscal Year 1997, the Department of Transportation will have the following objectives: All of the Commonwealth's surface transportation maintenance and operations will be managed by a single entity, the Department of Transportation. Currently, many separate agencies provide these same functions, often in the same geographical area. The new Department will coordinate and consolidate the delivery of these services, creating savings from the elimination of existing duplication of services and administrative overhead. The Commonwealth will also realize savings in the economies gained from coordinated purchases of materials such as those used in road repair, and for fighting snow and ice; the consolidation of offices and depots; and the consolidation and more efficient deployment of the heavy equipment fleets currently operated by the Metropolitan District Commission and Massachusetts Highway Department.

As part of its expanded role in providing coordinated surface transportation services, the Department will be responsible for managing the delivery of all services provided by the Commonwealth's Regional Transit Authorities. These authorities provide contracted public transit and bus service to those areas outside the main MBTA district, such as Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and the Pioneer Valley. Each authority currently maintains its own administrative and contract management staff.

The Commonwealth must, by law, provide funds to cover approximately 75% of the Regional Transit Authorities' net cost of service. In addition, the Commonwealth assists the same authorities in the purchase of their rolling stock. The Commonwealth, however, has little or no control over the cost of running these entities.

As part of this consolidation, the Regional Transit Authorities will continue to exist as local service policy boards only. Their capital policy and planning will be provided by the Executive Office of Public Property. Administration and contract management will be provided by the Department of Transportation. This consolidation will establish a more coherent use of financial and capital resources, while providing improved local service delivery.

The essential state services that are being consolidated within the Department of Transportation are currently provided through a number of discreet agencies, departments, and authorities including: Budget Recommendations

The amount recommended for the Department of Transportation provides funding for the Office of Mass Transportation Services, the Construction Division, the Maintenance Division, and the Right of Way Office. It also provides funding for district support and facility staff. All core administrative services will be located within or provided by the Office of the Secretary.

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Department of Public Buildings and Real Estate Management

The Department of Public Buildings and Real Estate Management will provide real estate services to state government including state building project planning and development; design and construction management; property acquisition and disposition; office building management; and surplus property management. The consolidation and coordination of these functions within the Department of Public Buildings and Real Estate Management will ensure that the Commonwealth's real property is managed in a cost-effective and efficient manner which will benefit all consumers of state services.

In Fiscal Year 1997, the Department of Public Buildings and Real Estate Management will pursue the following objectives: The Department will achieve its building construction and maintenance objectives by actively working with the Secretariat in preparing capital plans, building studies, and master plans for the planning of state building construction projects. The Department will centrally oversee the design, construction, and renovation of state-owned buildings. Finally, the Department will use and oversee private architectural, engineering, construction, and property management firms to efficiently implement its mission.

As part of the Department's plan to maximize building maintenance efficiencies, the Department will continue a preventative maintenance program for state-owned facilities in order to mitigate high capital costs which result from deferred maintenance. In addition, the Department will develop and manage energy conservation projects in state-owned buildings in order to reduce operating costs.

The essential services being consolidated within the Department of Public Buildings and Real Estate Management were previously provided through a number of discreet agencies and departments including: Budget Recommendations

The amount recommended for the Department of Public Buildings and Real Estate Management provides funding for the Engineering Design Division, Construction Management Division, and Real Property Services Division. All core administrative functions including audit, fiscal, purchasing, and human resources will be located within or provided by the Office of the Secretary.

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