D.O.T. Workers Sound-Off

Department of Transportation employees are getting the chance to speak their minds following a consultant's report that criticized how the agency works.

Transportation Secretary Lyndo Tippett led a 90-minute question-and-answer session with more 300 workers at DOT headquarters in Raleigh.

Questions ranged from salaries and project planning to outsourcing environmental work. The loudest applause came after someone said their computer e-mail and software packages were antiquated.

The consultant's report was based, in part, on anonymous surveys from more than half of the transportation department's 14,000 workers.

Tippett says the agency is committed to carrying out the recommendations of the report over the next year.

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