To help ensure that Caltrans does not incorrectly report businesses that are not certified DVBEs, it should verify, at least on a sample basis for high-value contracts, the certification status of the DVBE firms before submitting their DVBE activity reports to General Services
As noted in the original response, Caltrans started verifying DVBE certification status on high-value contracts on a quarterly basis. The first five contracts were reviewed on January 30, 2014, and an additioal five contracts on April 1, 2014. All reviewed contracts were accurately represented as certified DVBE firms in the database used to generate the annual participation reports.
Corrective action fully implemented; verification of certification status will be ongoing.
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