Texas Facilities Commission shortens process of reviewing public-private partnerships


The Texas Facilities Commission, the agency charged with managing state buildings, says it is enhancing its transparency by streamlining the process for public-private partnerships. Public policy watchers claim the body is making it easier for private entities to get taxpayers to foot the bill for its projects.

According to the Austin American-Statesman:

“Under the new procedure, the Facilities Commission's staff would notify the public within 10 days of receiving a proposal that meets its minimum standards. That public notification also would start the clock for other developers to submit competing proposals for the same parcel of state land.”

The move may cut three to four months off of the review process of a potential alliance, said Aundre Dukes, the commission staffer in charge of public-private partnerships.

Dukes works for Dekko Realty and also receives a $62,000 annual salary for his work with the commission, records show.

The commission in September 2011 filed a report with the Sunset Advisory Commission justifying its existence.  In November, the advisory commission will issue its own report on the agency.

Contact Steve Miller at 832-303-9420 or stevemiller@texaswatchdog.org.

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