Report 2009-106 Recommendation 9 Responses

Report 2009-106: High-Speed Rail Authority: It Risks Delays or an Incomplete System Because of Inadequate Planning, Weak Oversight, and Lax Contract Management (Release Date: April 2010)

Recommendation #9 To: High-Speed Rail Authority, California

To ensure that it does not misuse public funds and can hold contractors accountable, the Authority should adhere to the conditions of its contracts and work plans, and make any amendments and modifications in writing.

1-Year Agency Response

The Authority amended its contract with a contractor to include work on an effort called “Vision California” that was originally under an oral agreement. Further, the Authority amended its contract with its program manager to require an audit-adjusted field rate for staff co-located with the Authority and using Authority facilities, also originally under an oral agreement. An “audit-adjusted field rate” is a discounted overhead rate used when consultants use client facilities. (See 2012-406, p. 191)

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Fully Implemented

All Recommendations in 2009-106

Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.