TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1. Meeting material 1986-1987

Series 2. Subject Files 1986-1987


RG 089:032, Transportation Accountability Board

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2012 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Transportation Accountability Board
Title: Transportation Accountability Board records
Dates: 1986-1987
Quantity: 5.5 cubic feet
Abstract: The Transportation Accountability Board was created as an independent, non-partisan body charged with overseeing the operations of the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The Board held its first meeting on January 8, 1986 and was abolished as of July 1, 1987.
Identification: RG089_032
Accession: 1988-091
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

In light of public controversies over hiring of outside consultants and the collapse of the Mianus River bridge on the Connecticut Turnpike, the Republican-controlled General Assembly enacted P.A. 85-1 during a special session in July, 1985, creating the Transportation Accountability Board as an independent, non-partisan body charged with overseeing the operations of the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT).

P.A. 85-1 empowered the Board to do the following: 1) Review for approval or disapproval and monitor all consultant and construction contracts entered into by DOT under the $5.6 billion Infrastructure Renewal Program (IRP); 2) Oversee implementation of an effective, on-going road and bridge maintenance program; 3) Review and approve DOT's annual plan for IRP; 4) Select and oversee the work of a management consultant, hired to review and make recommendations for improvements in DOT's organization and procedures; and 5) Issue progress reports to the Governor, the General Assembly, DOT, and other state agencies. If the Commissioner of DOT disagreed with any Board's decision regarding contracts, the law provided an appeal process to the Governor.

The law granted the Board the right to hire with available funds "such consultants, technical assistance, research and other personnel" to assist in its examinations and directed to the Board to consult with the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee. Members discovering that "unauthorized, illegal, or irregular" activities were being "contemplated" but had not been "consummated" were instructed to report the facts to the Governor, the Legislative Program Review Committee, and Transportation Committee of the General Assembly. Records of budgeted agencies regarding transportation matters were to be made available to the Board except in cases covered by confidentiality provisions of statutes and regulations.

The Board held its first meeting on January 8, 1986, but it was not until April 1, 1986 that an executive director and secretary were hired. Plans to add two engineers and three clerical assistants to the staff were not fully implemented in 1986. Thus, the Board operated with a reduced staff in 1986. In general, the Board held meetings approximately once a week. During 1986, the Board reviewed 106 construction contracts, rejecting only 4, and reviewed and approved all 46 consultant contracts. The final report of the management consultant hired to review the organization an operations of DOT was issued in November, 1986.

The Board operated amid charges and countercharges emanating from an atmosphere of political partisanship. In June, 1987, Governor O'Neill signed the Public Act 87-300 passed by the Democratic-controlled General Assembly abolishing the Board as of July 1, 1987.

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Scope and Content

Includes meeting material, 1986-1987; and subject files, 1986-1987.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Some of these records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Related Material

RG 089, Dept. of Transportation, 1941-2003, bulk 1973-2003
RG 089:001, State Highway Department, 1894-1975
RG 089:010, State Boundary Line Perambulations, 1965-1997
RG 089:011, Aerial photographs, see the Research Guide to Aerial Photographs at the Connecticut State Library
RG 089:024, Connecticut Transportation Authority, 1956-1973
RG 089:030, State Traffic Commission, 1935-1995
RG 089:031, Connecticut Public Transportation Commission, 1980-2001
RG 089:037, Commissioners of Steamship Terminals, 1915

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut. Transportation Accountability Board

Subjects:

Connecticut. Dept. of Transportation -- Management -- Evaluation

Document Types:

Agendas
Correspondence
Minutes
Reports

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Administrative Information

Provenance

These records came to the State Library the week of August 10-14, 1987.

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Container List

Series 1. Meeting material, 1986-1987
Includes agendas, minutes and other meeting material for the Board's review.
Box
1986 January 8 - February 25 1
1986 March 4 - June 17 2
1986 June 24 - September 16 3
1986 September 23 - November 12 4
1986 November 18 - 1987 January 20 5
1987 January 27 - March 24 6
Series 2. Subject Files, 1986-1987
Appointment letters 7
Budget
Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers, Inc.
Copy machine research
Correspondence
Correspondence
Correspondence, Miscellaneous
Connecticut transportation regulations
Dept. of Transportation organization functions and procedures - Construction
Dept. of Transportation progress reports
Emergency declarations
Equipment warranties
Equipment warranties
Ethics 8
Executive Director recruitment
Facilities & capital plan
Fuss & O'Neill
Guest speakers
Hartford Business Machines
Information requests/responses
Janatorial contract
Jewett City
Legislation proposed
Legislative handouts
L. O. P. C. Plimptons
Management consultant 9
Management consultant briefing documents
Management consultant - Draft of final report - Dept. of Transportation study - Peat Marwick
Management consultant - Final reoprt - Peat Marwick
Management consultant progress bills
Management consultant - Proposal for Dept. of Transportation study - Arthur Young
Management consultant - Proposal for Dept. of Transportation study - Peat Marwick
Management consultant R.F.P. 10
Management consultant selection
MBE (Minority Business Enterprise)
Media
Miscellaneous supplies
Office space
P.A. 85-1
Personal computer research
Quarterly reports
Records retention
Reimbursements 11
Secretary of the State filings
Selection Data General
Small business set aside
Speeches/presentations
Special meetings
Stores requisitions
Subsscriptions
Systems, Inc.
TAB (Transportation Accountability Board)
Tax exempt forms
Telecommunications
Travel authorizations
Unsigned contracts