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Profiles in Government: A Closer Look at the Florida Department of Transportation

The department maintains the state’s public transportation network and its IT office has an annual budget of $61 million.

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Based in Leon County, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) establishes departmental policies, rules, procedures and standards for the state’s public transportation network.

Here is more information about the agency, including who leads it, how many staff the department employs and what the department does as a whole.


Budget: “The total budget for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) for fiscal year 2023-2024, including salaries, is $61,282,334. Within the OIT, we have 89 state positions and approximately 110 staff augmentation positions. The overall budget for the department is $15.2 billion for this fiscal year,” said Glendora Fortune in a recent one-on-one interview with Industry Insider — Florida.

Leadership: Glendora Fortune is the agency’s chief information officer.

Staff: The agency has 6,176 employees, according to the state’s General Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2023-2024.


The Florida Legislature created the State Road Department in 1913 to build roads, and over time it grew to cover a variety of transportation options including seaports, railways, airports and spaceports. In 1969 the Legislature created the Department of Transportation as a successor to the State Road Department.

Today, the Florida Department of Transportation is decentralized in accordance with legislative mandates. A district secretary manages each district, which varies in organizational structure. However, each district generally has administrative, planning, production and operations divisions.

In terms of technology, below are several legislative budget requests from the agency for fiscal year 2024-2025:
  • $6 million for data infrastructure modernization
  • $2.3 million to replace voice communication equipment
  • $2.3 million to support increased data center workloads
  • $1.6 million for its security risk management program
  • $1.2 million for a 3D model viewer application
More information about the agency's legislative budget requests can be found online.

*The Center for Digital Government is part of e.Republic, Industry Insider — Florida's parent company.
Katya Diaz is an Orlando-based e.Republic staff writer. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in global strategic communications from Florida International University.