To ensure that the State achieves cost savings for the repairs made to the SR 710 properties, Caltrans should periodically perform more comprehensive analyses of viable options for repairing the properties. If Caltrans determines that General Services is the best option, it should ensure that it properly executes an interagency agreement in accordance with the State Contracting Manual.
Caltrans and DGS finalized the interagency agreement on April 19, 2013, and subsequently amended it on June 26, 2013. A copy of the interagency agreement is located in Attachment 6 and a copy of the amendment in Attachment 7. The amendment was necessary to add language related to prevailing wage requirements.
Caltrans hired a consultant to conduct a cost comparison of options for maintenance of the SR 710 properties. The consultant concluded that General Services is providing the most cost-effective services for the maintenance work being performed on the SR 710 properties. The consultant acknowledged that the sample size was limited because only a small number of companies in the contracting community participated in the study. However, the consultant believes that the study provides a good general indication of costs. Caltrans also stated that is continuing to work with General Services to execute an interagency agreement by March 31, 2013.
Caltrans stated that it is evaluating the best method to perform a cost comparison of options for the maintenance of the SR 710 properties. Caltrans anticipates completing the cost comparison by December 31, 2012. Caltrans also stated that, in the meantime, it initiated the execution of an interagency agreement with General Services. (See 2013-406, p. 172)
†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.