Report 2016-132 Recommendation 4 Responses

Report 2016-132: Department of Water Resources: The Unexpected Complexity of the California WaterFix Project Has Resulted in Significant Cost Increases and Delays (Release Date: October 2017)

Recommendation #4 To: Water Resources, Department of

To fully comply with state contracting law, DWR should ensure that it competitively selects architectural and engineering consultants based on demonstrated competence and professional qualifications. In addition, DWR should document in the contract file its evaluation of the competence and professional qualifications of all contractors and any subcontractors that are added to the contract subsequent to the competitive selection process.

60-Day Agency Response

The Department will continue to comply with state contracting law including the processes outlined above. Enhanced procedures for documenting DWR's evaluation of Architectural and Engineering contractors and subcontractors have been developed and are in the process of final internal approval.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 2/28/18
  • Response Date: December 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending

As we stated in our report, we do not believe DWR followed state law when it replaced the program manager for the conservation and conveyance program.

All Recommendations in 2016-132

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.