Report 2010-122 Recommendation 10 Responses

Report 2010-122: California Department of Transportation: Its Capital Outlay Support Program Should Strengthen Budgeting Practices, Refine Its Performance Measures, and Improve Internal Controls (Release Date: April 2011)

Recommendation #10 To: Transportation, Department of

To better develop and manage project budgets for support, Caltrans should instruct project managers to submit requests to update the budget when assumptions on which the budget was based are no longer valid, regardless of the phase of the project.

Agency Response*

Caltrans issued a project management directive titled “Management of Capital Outlay Support,” in August 2011. The directive gives direction on updating budgets for construction on or before the date the project is voted on by the CTC and proceeds to the construction phase. Further, the directive includes instruction to update estimated hours in the project’s work plan when hours change and to review and update—if needed—resource estimates on an ongoing basis, and at least quarterly. Further, the directive requires that the project development team review and update support budgets at the completion of each major milestone. (2012-406, p. 195)

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Response Date: October 2011

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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