Report 2010-122 Recommendation 6 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 #6 To: Transportation, Department of
To better address costs associated with the support program, Caltrans should ensure that the PRSM system contains strong controls that ensure employees only charge time to projects and phases for which they are assigned.
Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2013
Full implementation of PRSM was moved from June 2013 to September 2013 due to technical and training issues during the early district roll-out. Roll-out of PRSM was completed on August 29, 2013, and put in strong controls to ensure employees only charge time to projects their units are assigned.
- Completion Date: August 2013
California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Fully Implemented
Caltrans provided a training video explaining how PRSM works with Caltrans' time tracking system. The video includes a screen shot showing an error message a Caltrans employee would receive were the employee to attempt to charge time to a task to which the employee's unit was not assigned. Additionally, according to the video employees will not be able to charge time to a task unless that task is open by the manager in charge of the task. Caltrans appears to have controls in place to ensure only individuals assigned to projects may charge time to those projects; however, we have not conducted additional audit work to assess whether those controls are effective.
Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2012
This recommendation will be fully implemented by June 2013, when the new Project Schedule and Resource Management (PRSM) system is fully implemented.
- Estimated Completion Date: June 2013
California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Not Fully Implemented
Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.