Report 2011-504 Recommendation 6 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 #6 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.

6-Month Agency Response

As published in our March 2011 report titled Implementation of State Auditor's Recommendations, Audits Released in January 2009 Through December 2010 (Report 2011-406), the Authority amended its contract with the Program Manager to require the use of an audit-adjusted field rate—a discounted overhead rate used when consultants use client facilities. Further, the Authority amended its contract with a regional contractor to include work that was not part of the original contract. Finally, the Authority implemented a change control process, which includes making any amendments and modifications to contracts and work plans in writing. (See 2013-406, p. 243)

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.