Transparency & Accountability
Welcome to the Authority’s Transparency & Accountability webpage.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is committed to transparency and accountability. We understand the importance of keeping the public informed about the work we are doing to deliver high-speed rail and how we are conducting this work on behalf of the people of California.
Many documents and reports are currently available on our website to keep the public informed about the project, such as construction updates, contracts, small business and jobs reports, factsheets and other information. Some meet requirements established by the California Legislature or by the federal government, such as the Revised Draft 2020 Business Plan. Some provide information on our funding agreements and our funding plans. Additional financial and program delivery information can be found in documents provided to the Board of Director's Finance and Audit Committee as well as to the full Board's deliberations and decisions.
Change orders are work that is added to or deleted from the original scope of work of a contract which alters the original contract amount and/or completion date. Change orders are common to most projects and very common on larger projects, such as the California High-Speed Rail program. Below you can see our format for summarizing the Central Valley design build construction package change orders:
The change order process at the Authority is a robust process where we work closely with the design-builder, our Project and Construction Management teams, and the Authority’s Executive committees to ensure that the resolution of these change orders are in the best interest of the state.
- Any change orders that would require us to go beyond the adopted budget for a given construction package would require board action.
- ALL change orders—big and small—are reported each month to the Board of Directors Finance & Audit Committee.
Current construction cost estimates include both completed change orders and anticipated change orders. The Authority anticipates future change orders due to previously approved scope changes that require further design development and as the designs for the construction packages in the Central Valley are finalized.
If you would like to request additional documentation associated with this information, the Authority encourages written requests submitted via our Public Records Portal.
We would appreciate your feedback on how we can make this information more useful going forward. If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, please contact us at email@example.com.
What is a change order?
Change orders are common to most projects and very common on larger projects. A change order is work that is added to or deleted from the original scope of work of a contract which alters the original contract amount and/or completion date.
Transparency & Accountability