IE11 Not Supported

For optimal browsing, we recommend Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers.

Profiles in Government: Texas Department of Transportation

The department has an estimated IT budget of $574 million and is responsible for developing and operating the state’s integrated transportation system.

The front entrance of the Texas Department of Transportation.
This story is limited to Industry Insider members.
Login to access.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) currently has the second-highest estimated total budget, and IT funds, among departments in state government, totaling $15.3 billion and $574 million, respectively.

Below 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: Estimated at $15.3 billion overall, with a $574 million IT budget, according to Industry Navigator.*

Leadership: Marc Williams is the executive director of TxDOT. Anh Selissen is the department’s chief information officer.

Staff: The department has 12,415 full-time equivalent employees, according to TxDOT’s 2023-2027 Strategic Plan.


TxDOT, originally called the Texas Highway Department, was established in 1917 by the 35th state Legislature. The agency kept its original name until 1975, after which it was renamed the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation.

In 1991, the agency underwent another name change after the state Legislature combined the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation, the Department of Aviation and the Texas Motor Vehicle Commission to create TxDOT.

Now the agency’s mission includes developing and operating an integrated transportation system that provides reliable and accessible mobility, enabling economic growth, mitigating congestion, enhancing connectivity and mobility, and improving the reliability of the state’s transportation system.

As for TxDOT’s specific goals, the agency’s 2023-2027 Strategic Plan lists the following:

  • Implement a central mechanism for identifying and implementing cost-saving ideas and efficiencies to support increased and faster project delivery.
  • Establish a statewide integrated traffic management system enhanced by emerging innovative technologies and data to improve safety, mobility and performance.  
  • Continue to improve the use of data-driven project prioritization.
  • Provide mechanisms for public feedback. 
  • Develop optimal asset management programs to protect existing infrastructure investments. 
  • Implement multimodal infrastructure and operational and technological solutions for congestion and mobility needs.
  • Provide technology tools, connectivity and training to employees to enhance productivity.

*Industry Navigator is a product of e.Republic, which also produces Industry Insider — Texas.
Katya Maruri 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.