|(a) Purpose. This section describes audit and close-out
requirements for recipients of state and federal public transportation
(b) Audit standards. Contractor audit procedures shall
meet or exceed the single audit report requirement of 2 C.F.R. Part
200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit
Requirements for Federal Awards.
(1) Access. The United States Secretary of Transportation,
the Comptroller General of the United States, the executive director
of the department, and the State Auditor, and any of their authorized
representatives, shall have access to the financial and other project
records at all reasonable times during the contract period and for
the record retention period for the purpose of making audits, examinations,
excerpts and transcripts.
(2) Documentation. The contractor shall maintain financial
records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other
records of the public transportation grant.
(3) Records retention. Financial records, supporting
documents, statistical records, and all other records of the public
transportation grant shall be retained for a period of three years
after grant closeout, with the following qualifications.
(A) Litigation. If any litigation, claim, or audit
is started before the expiration of the three-year period, the records
shall be retained until all litigations, claims, and audit findings
involving the records have been resolved.
(B) Nonexpendable property. Records for nonexpendable
property acquired with federal or state funds shall be retained for
three years after its final disposition.
(C) Transfer of records. The three-year retention requirement
is not applicable to the contractor when the records are transferred
to or maintained by the federal or state grantor agency.
(D) Procurement records. The three-year retention requirement
is not applicable to capital projects covered under §31.44(b)(3)
of this chapter.
(4) Project close-outs. The contractor shall make every
reasonable effort to complete all project activities and request appropriate
reimbursements within the time period specified in the project agreement.
Project audits shall also be completed within the specified time period
and any findings resolved with all practicable speed. Upon completion
of these activities, the contractor shall provide the department written
notification of project close-out and the release of any unspent project
|Source Note: The provisions of this §31.47 adopted to be effective August 11, 1994, 19 TexReg 5880; amended to be effective April 17, 2003, 28 TexReg 3080; amended to be effective February 21, 2008, 33 TexReg 1380; amended to be effective December 6, 2017, 42 TexReg 6815