WSR 03-04-062

EXPEDITED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION


[ Filed January 30, 2003, 3:03 p.m. ]

Title of Rule: WAC 468-06-040 Description of central and field organization of the Washington state department of transportation.

Purpose: To update the agency's central and field office descriptions.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 47.01.031.

Summary: The department will make changes to the central and field organization office descriptions to better reflect the agency's organizational structure.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Debra L. Gregory, Office of the Secretary, (360) 705-7806; Implementation and Enforcement: Paula J. Hammond, Office of the Secretary, (360) 705-7027.

Name of Proponent: Secretary of Transportation, governmental.

Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: The agency recommends approval.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The purpose of this rule is to update the Department of Transportation's central and field office organization descriptions to better reflect the current organizational structure of the agency.

Proposal does not change existing rules. Does not change the substance of the WAC. It does update the titles of the agency's executives and reporting structure.

NOTICE

THIS RULE IS BEING PROPOSED UNDER AN EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR THE AGENCY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, PREPARE A SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT, OR PROVIDE RESPONSES TO THE CRITERIA FOR A SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE RULE. IF YOU OBJECT TO THE USE OF THE EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS, YOU MUST EXPRESS YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING AND THEY MUST BE SENT TO Debra L. Gregory, Washington State Department of Transportation, 310 Maple Park Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7316 , AND RECEIVED BY March 10, 2003.


January 27, 2003

P. J. Hammond, P. E.

Chief of Staff

OTS-6179.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-10-021, filed 4/23/02, effective 5/24/02)

WAC 468-06-040   Description of central and field organization of the Washington state department of transportation.   (1) The department of transportation is a statutorily created agency of the state of Washington. The central office of the department of transportation is located in the Transportation Building, Olympia, WA 98504.

(2) The department of transportation is headed by a secretary who is the executive head of the department and is appointed by the Washington state transportation commission.

(a) Serving directly under the secretary are the chief of staff, audit office, equal opportunity office, engineering and regional operations division, ((northwest Washington division,)) Washington state ferries division and the finance and administration ((and support)) division. There are also assistant attorney generals assigned to the department who provide legal services in department matters.

(b) Reporting directly to the chief of staff are the following offices: Communications, governmental liaison office, ombudsman, freight strategy and policy, highways and local programs, public transportation and rail, aviation and transportation economic partnerships.

(c) The following programs report to the assistant secretary for engineering and regional operations, depending upon their needs. Environmental and engineering programs, urban corridors and northwest coordination, maintenance and operations programs and planning and capital program management.

(d) The department field functions are carried out by six regions which are each headed by a region administrator. The central regional office locations are: Seattle, Wenatchee, Tumwater, Vancouver, Yakima, and Spokane. The regions have various project and maintenance area offices which are headed by a supervisor. ((The)) Region administrators ((for Seattle and Tumwater report directly to the assistant secretary for the northwest Washington division. The region administrators for Wenatchee, Vancouver, Yakima and Spokane)) report directly to the assistant secretary for the engineering and regional operations division.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.031. 02-10-021, 468-06-040, filed 4/23/02, effective 5/24/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101. 99-07-013, 468-06-040, filed 3/8/99, effective 4/8/99. Statutory Authority: Chapter 42.17 RCW and RCW 47.01.101. 96-16-004 (Order 163), 468-06-040, filed 7/24/96, effective 8/24/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 through 42.17.340. 89-17-047 (Order 120), 468-06-040, filed 8/14/89, effective 9/14/89; 85-23-040 (Order 97), 468-06-040, filed 11/18/85. Statutory Authority: 1977 ex.s. c 151. 79-01-033 (DOT Order 10 and Comm. Order 1, Resolution No. 13), 468-06-040, filed 12/20/78. Formerly WAC 252-03-030.]

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