Report 2011-504 Recommendation 15 Responses

Report 2011-504: High-Speed Rail Authority Follow-Up: Although the Authority Addressed Some of Our Prior Concerns, Its Funding Situation Has Become Increasingly Risky and the Authority's Weak Oversight Persists (Release Date: January 2012)

Recommendation #15 To: High-Speed Rail Authority, California

To ensure that the Program Manager's monthly progress reports are accurate, consistent, and useful, the Authority should hold the Program Manager accountable for implementing the oversight consultant's recommendations. For example, the Authority could withhold partial payment of invoices to the Program Manager until it fully addresses these recommendations.

6-Month Agency Response

The Authority stated that the Program Manager discusses, reviews, and incorporates the observations and recommendations of the oversight consultant into a written response to the Authority. The Authority also asserted that its contract managers have the ability to withhold payments in order to deal with nonperformance issues. Additionally, the Authority stated that it continues to add resources to its team to augment its oversight responsibility. (See 2013-406, p. 245)

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Fully Implemented

All Recommendations in 2011-504

Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.