Report Says NC Transportation Department Lacks Priorities

A consultant's report that cost taxpayers $2.5 million says that projects at the state Transportation Department proceed slowly because of a lack of prioritization, accountability and coordination.

The 470-page report was done by McKinsey & Co., which is an international management consultant. The review is based in part on interviews and surveys of nearly 9,000 employees and interviews with state leaders.

State lawmakers have told the department to examine how it works before requesting more money.

The report also found that the DOT's structure prevents some divisions from working well with each other and that it doesn't do a good job of recruiting new workers or keeping the good ones.

Among the recommendations are that the DOT increase accountability and streamline projects.