Inside Seven
Current Issue: September 2014
Directors Zone

Director's Zone

Issue Date: 05/2010

Mike Miles

For more than a year now, most Caltrans employees have been working on furlough schedules. You've been striving to perform at the same high levels Caltrans is known for on reduced hours. I know this hasn’t been easy, and I know that managing a household on 15% less income is also difficult. I want to thank all of you for your commitment and dedication under tough circumstances. We’re almost through this.

We’re now in May, which means we have only six furlough days left. Although we can’t predict the outcome of the pending furlough litigation or the state budget process, in all likelihood, beginning July 1, we’ll be back to a full work week. That extra 24 hours each month will allow us to return to pre-furlough productivity levels.

We’ll need those 24 hours. We have a large project delivery program that includes complex right of way and environmental issues, as well as innovative projects now underway. Regional transportation agencies and other stakeholders are counting on us to be responsive, to communicate clearly, to provide accurate information, and to be as efficient as possible.

We’re doing a number of things to be more efficient, including emphasizing earned value, focusing on task management, ensuring accurate cost accounting through timely timesheet submittal, and maintaining a clear scope of work. All of these measures enable us to work effectively with our partners and deliver successful projects.

As we look forward to the months ahead, I want to remind everyone - especially those of you in the field - to be safe. Caltrans has had a good year so far, with no work-related fatalities. Let’s keep it that way.

On May 6, we’ll be recognizing our coworkers who have been killed or injured on the job at our Workers Memorial observance at Dodger Stadium. This annual event is a stark reminder that we must remain vigilant and never allow ourselves to become complacent about the dangers inherent in field work. I’ve always said our people are our most valuable asset, one that we must protect. Please look after yourselves, look after each other, and let’s all look to the future and what we can accomplish working together.