FHWA/MoDOT Partnering Agreements
PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT BETWEEN
FHWA AND MODOT FINANCE TEAMS and MODOT AUDITS AND INVESTIGATION UNIT
PURPOSE OF THIS AGREEMENT
The purpose of this Agreement is to set forth the general terms and conditions
for collaboration in project close-out processes between FHWA and MoDOT
for the purpose of enhancing the quality and effectiveness of the existing
FHWA/MoDOT partnership so that partners can work together at achieving mutual
transportation priorities. This Agreement applies to the MoDOT Financial
Services (FS) and Audits and Investigations (AI) Divisions’ staff and the
staff of the FHWA Missouri Division Office responsible for the management/oversight
of financial activities.
AGREEMENT FOCUS AREAS
FHWA and MoDOT shall carry out the terms indicated in this Agreement resulting
in effective communication and streamlined project closeout processes for
The following ground rules apply to the development and execution of each
element of this Agreement. We agree to concentrate efforts in improving
our joint work by following these ground rules.
- We will implement activities covered by the agreement in a mutually
supportive manner by demonstrating respect for others opinions and maintaining
an open mind to suggestions.
- We will make timely decisions following a thorough discussion of the
issue using appropriate communication methods and evaluation of data consistent
with applicable laws.
- We will promote good financial practices and make current best practices
our method of conducting business.
- We will recognize the timeliness and quality of our cooperative effort
to comply with federal requirements and closeout projects. We will collaborate
to achieve mutual objectives, goals and initiatives and ensure policies
are clear and concise.
- We will make decisions following a thorough discussion of the issue
using appropriate communication methods. Timely decisions should be made
- We will ensure internal controls exist within MoDOT and FHWA to properly
manage federal funds.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Project Close Out and Agreed Upon Procedures
- MoDOT and FHWA will manage project closeout.
- MoDOT and FHWA will ensure full utilization of available funds.
- MoDOT and FHWA will take proactive measures to manage inactive projects.
Applicable to Projects available for close out
- MoDOT and FHWA will close projects on a timely basis. The timelines
below are contingent on documented unique factors impacting the project
- FS will maintain an electronic listing of all project files available
for engagement procedures. Availability will be determined based on
final invoice received from vendor.
- AI has unrestricted access for audit or engagement to any and all
project files, closed or otherwise, as authorized in the Audit Charter
of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission’s (MHTC) Audit
- FS will provide AI access to the electronic list of projects available
for engagement procedures each calendar quarter.
- AI will select projects from the list for engagement. The selection
will be made using any of the following methods:
- Block sampling
- Ranaom selection
- Systematic selection
- Judgemental selection
- Special requests or known project issues
- AI will select and perform engagements based on risk assessments
and agreed-upon procedures in accordance with Government Auditing
- The sample size selected for potential engagements will be 10-15%
of federal projects and 10-15% of state funded projects. The sample
size may be expanded or reduced based on risk assessments.
- AI will communicate to FS as soon as possible, but no later than
ten (10) business days after the end of the quarter those projects
AI has selected for potential engagements.
- FS will maintain the selected projects until AI requests the project
file for engagement procedures.
- As part of the quarterly inactive reviews, AI will provide FS a
list of all current projects selected and still held for engagement
procedures. AI will continue to monitor the number and age of projects
in AI’s office under engagement. The number of engagements should
not exceed 150, excluding those under protest. The number of projects
in AI will fluctuate due to variables in block engagements, complexity,
workload, and cooperation of auditee. If the number of project files
maintained by FS for AI approach 150, AI will select a smaller sample
size to control the backlog.
- As part of the quarterly inactive project reviews initiated by FHWA
and FS, AI monitors final invoice dates of selected projects. Upon
determination of project dates approaching or meeting the three-year
mark or inactive status, AI reviews the project file to determine
if there are any obvious issues and then de-selects the project if
none are noted. FS is notified of the de-selected projects so they
may begin the close out process.
- FS will close all projects not selected for engagement.
- MoDOT and FHWA agree FS will randomly review documentation that supports
charges for reimbursement prior to closing projects not selected by AI.
- MoDOT and FHWA agree closed projects may be reopened and subjected to
engagement procedures based on written justification and approval by the
AI Director and coordinated with FS and FHWA Transportation Financial
Manager. It is agreed that requests to have closed files reopened will
be held to a minimum as to not create additional workload on staff.
We will measure our partnering progress and success by the following performance
- New projects’ final vouchers will be processed and approved by FHWA
by the end of the quarter following the quarter they are available for
engagement selection by AI and are not selected by AI. An explanation
will be provided if this time line is not met.
- FHWA will provide federal oversight, in collaboration with MoDOT, as
it relates to the best practices in close out processes.
Historically, FHWA and MoDOT have benefited from an excellent working relationship.
This Agreement builds upon this history by establishing a framework to further
promote the existing partnership. This Agreement establishes the following
procedures to resolve conflict, streamline processes, and build a team spirit
to achieve maximum success.
- We will confer on a regular basis. If there is a major programmatic
issue, the party bringing the concern to the table shall communicate the
concern by e-mail or letter.
- We to the maximum extent possible, that issues involving the two agencies
shall be resolved at the staff level.
- When issues arise that cannot be resolved within one week at the
staff level, we agree resolution of the issue will be sought at the
staff manager level.
- When resolution of the issue cannot be realized at this management
level, we agree the issue will be elevated to the MoDOT FS and AI
Directors and FHWA Program Management Team Leader level. Issues unresolved
within one week at the second level will be elevated to the MoDOT
Chief Financial Officer and FHWA Assistant Division Administrator.
If issues are still unresolved, they will be elevated to MoDOT Director
and FHWA Division Administrator.
COMMUNICATION WITH MANAGEMENT
We will keep senior management informed of our activities and how our partnering
is working quarterly through verbal communication. If issues have not been
resolved and require action of senior management, a written communication
regarding the issue will be shared with senior management and members of
this agreement. The communication will include:
- Issues that require resolution.
- Successes, challenges and new projects.
- Our efforts to enhance communications and better working relationships
with the members of this agreement and other focus area teams.
We will revisit and revise this agreement as deemed necessary. At a minimum
the agreement will be revisited annually.