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TITLE 43TRANSPORTATION
PART 1TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
CHAPTER 9CONTRACT AND GRANT MANAGEMENT
SUBCHAPTER BHIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTS
RULE §9.23Evaluation and Monitoring of Contract Performance

(a) The department will develop standards used to evaluate a contractor's performance under a highway improvement contract, including standards for conformance with the project plans and specifications and recordkeeping requirements; compliance with the contract and industry standards for safety; responsiveness in dealing with the department and the public; meeting progress benchmarks and project milestones; addressing project schedule issues, given adjustments, change orders, and unforeseen conditions or circumstances; and completing project on time. The department will develop an evaluation form to be used by department employees in evaluating contract performance.

(b) The district engineer of the district in which a project under a highway construction or maintenance contract is located, or the Director of the Support Services Division for building contracts shall evaluate the contractor's performance under the contract. An interim evaluation shall be performed as necessary and on each anniversary date of the contract if the project extends for longer than one year. The district engineer for construction or maintenance contracts or the Chief Administrative Officer for building contracts shall approve any final evaluations on the completion of the project. Only final evaluations will be used to determine whether the contractor's contract performance meets the department's requirements.

(c) If the contractor's performance on a project is below the department's acceptable standards for contract performance, the district engineer or the Director of the Support Services Division, as applicable, may work with the contractor to establish a recovery plan for the project. The established project recovery plan will be used to correct significant deficiencies in contractor performance. The district engineer or the Director of the Support Services Division, as applicable, will monitor and document the contractor's compliance with the established project recovery plan.

(d) District engineers for construction or maintenance contracts or the Chief Administrative Officer for building contracts will submit each evaluation performed under this section and each established project recovery plan and resulting documentation to the division of the department that is responsible for monitoring the contract.

(e) The division that receives evaluations of a contractor under subsection (d) of this section periodically will review the final evaluations of that contractor that were completed during the review period, or if fewer than 10 final evaluations were completed during the review period, up to 10 of the most recent final evaluations completed within the previous three-year period. If the average of the final evaluations reviewed in this period is below the department's acceptable standards for contract performance, the division will send a notice to the contractor and request that the contractor submit to the division for approval a proposed corrective action plan that will be used to correct significant deficiencies in the performance in all of contractor's projects. The division, in consultation with the department's Chief Engineer for construction or maintenance contracts, or Chief Administrative Officer for building contracts, may modify the proposed corrective action plan and adopt a final plan. The division promptly will send the adopted corrective action plan to the contractor.

(f) For the 120-day period beginning on the day that the adopted corrective action plan is sent under subsection (e) of this section, the division will monitor the contractor's active projects to determine whether the contractor is meeting the requirements of the adopted corrective action plan or if there are no active projects, the division will monitor the contractor's next available projects. Before making a determination under this subsection, the division must consider and document any events outside a contractor's control that contributed to the contractor's failure to meet the performance standards or failure to comply with the corrective action plan. If at the end of the 120-day period contract performance remains below the department's standards for contract performance, the division will notify the contractor and forward to the Performance Review Committee all of the information that it has, which includes at minimum all final evaluations, any adopted corrective action plans, and any information about events outside a contractor's control contributing to the contractor's performance.


Source Note: The provisions of this §9.23 adopted to be effective September 19, 2018, 43 TexReg 5996

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