Appendix F: Excerpts from Agency LARs Related to CAPPS Funding Requests
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Funding Request
|Fiscal 2014||Fiscal 2015|
TxDOT — Administrator’s Statement
Toward More Financial Transparency
Numerous interlocking planning documents guide the department and local officials over the multiyear timeframe that projects are conceived, planned and constructed. These numerous plans contribute to the difficulty in achieving complete financial transparency. However, the Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR), one of the key elements of the department’s financial map, provides an opportunity to offer greater insight into the department’s financial planning. The fiscal 2014-15 LAR is designed to give legislators and the public a clearer view of the state of infrastructure in Texas and examine opportunities to improve funding, transparency and efficiency.
TxDOT’s financial management systems are archaic and becoming obsolete. First installed in the early 1980s, TxDOT’s mainframe contains massive amounts of accurate data but does not provide an efficient way to access and sort the data according to today’s needs. This has contributed to a lack of financial transparency when legislators and others ask for real-time information about the department’s finances. At the direction of the Texas Legislature, TxDOT and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts have been working together to upgrade the department’s financial management systems as part of the state’s Centralized Accounting and Payroll/Personnel System (CAPPS) capital project.
The overall goal of CAPPS-ProjectONE is the continued effort to integrate TxDOT’s systems with the Comptroller’s CAPPS, as directed by HB 3106. This project will also work to continue the Enterprise Resource Planning’s (ERP) mission for all state agencies to achieve transparency in state government, congruency in “language” internally as well as between the various state agencies and most importantly, to provide decision makers seamless access to financial tools necessary to make informed decisions.
System integration will be accomplished through continued agency need analysis, programming activities and in some cases, upgrades/customizations. All of which is needed to continue the best business processes and, at a minimum maintain current functionality.