California Government Code
(a) As used in this chapter and in Chapter 12.49 (commencing with Section 8879.20), the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Commission” means the California Transportation Commission.
(2) “Department” means the Department of Transportation.
(3) “Administrative agency” means the state agency responsible for programming bond funds made available by Chapter 12.49 (commencing with Section 8879.20), as specified in subdivision (c).
(4) Unless otherwise specified in this chapter,
“project” includes equipment purchase, construction, right-of-way acquisition, and
project delivery costs.
(5) “Recipient agency” means the recipient of bond funds made available by Chapter 12.49 (commencing with Section 8879.20) that is responsible for implementation of an approved project.
(6) “Fund” shall have the same meaning as in subdivision (c) of Section 8879.20.
(b) Administrative costs, including audit and program oversight costs for agencies, commissions, or departments administering programs funded pursuant to this chapter, recoverable by bond funds shall not exceed 3 percent of the program’s cost.
(c) The administrative agency for each bond account is as follows:
(1) The commission is the administrative agency for the Corridor Mobility Improvement Account; the Trade Corridors Improvement Fund; the Transportation Facilities Account; the State Route 99 Account; the State-Local Partnership Program Account; the Local Bridge Seismic Retrofit Account; the Highway-Railroad Crossing Safety Account; and the Highway Safety, Rehabilitation, and Preservation Account.
(2) The Office of Emergency Services is the administrative agency for the Port and Maritime Security Account and the Transit System Safety, Security, and Disaster Response Account.
(3) The department is the administrative agency for the Public Transportation Modernization, Improvement, and Service Enhancement Account.
(d) The administrative agency shall not approve project fund allocations for a project until the recipient agency provides a project funding plan that demonstrates that the funds are expected to be
reasonably available and sufficient to complete the project. The administrative agency may approve funding for usable project segments only if the benefits associated with each individual segment are sufficient to meet the objectives of the program from which the individual segment is funded.
(e) Guidelines adopted by the administrative agency pursuant to this chapter and Chapter 12.49 (commencing with Section 8879.20) are intended to provide internal guidance for the agency and shall be exempt from the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3), and shall do all of the following:
(1) Provide for the audit of project expenditures and outcomes.
(2) Require that the useful life of the project be identified as part of the project nomination process.
(3) Require that project nominations have project delivery milestones, including, but not limited to, start and completion dates for environmental clearance, land acquisition, design, construction bid award, construction completion, and project closeout, as applicable.
(f) (1)As a condition for allocation of funds to a specific project under Chapter 12.49 (commencing with Section 8879.20), the administrative agency shall require the recipient agency to report, on a semiannual basis, on the activities and progress made toward implementation of the project. If it is anticipated that project costs will exceed the approved project budget, the recipient
agency shall provide a plan to the administrative agency for achieving the benefits of the project by either downscoping the project to remain within budget or by identifying an alternative funding source to meet the cost increase. The administrative agency may either approve the corrective plan or direct the recipient agency to modify its plan.
(2) Within six months of the project becoming operable, the recipient agency shall provide a report to the administrative agency on the final costs of the project as compared to the approved project budget, the project duration as compared to the original project schedule as of the date of allocation, and performance outcomes derived from the project compared to those described in the original application for funding. The administrative agency shall forward the report to the Department of
Finance by means approved by the Department of Finance.