The Department of Transportation (Department) has used the design-build project delivery method (design-build method) for highway construction projects. For all highway construction projects audited1, the Department procured the design-build projects2 in accordance with most applicable statutes, rules, and other requirements. The Department also made payments to the design-build contractors and generally monitored the contracts in accordance with applicable requirements. However, the Department does not have a fully established framework to standardize its use of the design-build method.
The Department should establish a comprehensive framework of policies and procedures to form standardized, documented, and repeatable processes for the procurement3 and oversight of contracts for design-build projects to foster uniformity and potential efficiency across the Department’s districts. The lack of a fully established and documented framework for design-build projects resulted in several weaknesses and inconsistencies in the Department’s procurement and oversight of the four audited design-build projects.
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