The Arizona Auditor General’s Office is requesting proposals from qualified firms to conduct 2 performance audits. Specifically:
- A performance audit of the Maricopa Association of Governments’ (MAG) Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for Maricopa County. Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) §28-6313 requires the Auditor General to contract with an independent auditor to conduct the performance audit. This audit must be completed no later than July 2, 2021. The audit’s scope includes a review of statutorily mandated issues as described in the request for proposal (see Section C).
- A performance audit of the Pima Association of Governments’ (PAG) Regional Transportation Authority Plan (RTA Plan) of Pima County. A.R.S. §41-1279.03(A)(6) requires a performance audit in the tenth year and in each fifth year thereafter in which a county transportation excise tax is in effect. This audit must be completed no later than April 1, 2022. The audit’s scope includes a review of statutorily mandated issues as described in the request for proposal (see Section C).
Maricopa County voters approved a transportation excise tax for construction of a regional freeway system in 1985 and approved the tax again in November 2004, extending the tax for another 20 years, through December 31, 2025. According to the voter Publicity Pamphlet, the tax would be used for constructing new freeways, widening existing freeways and highways, improving arterial streets, regional bus services and other special transportation services, and high-capacity services such as light rail, bus rapid transit, and express buses as specified in the MAG RTP. MAG, which is the regional planning agency for the Phoenix metropolitan area, prepares, updates, and adopts the RTP. The RTP is a comprehensive, performance-based, multimodal, and coordinated regional transportation plan currently covering the period through fiscal year 2040.
A performance audit for the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Transportation Plan was issued in November 2016 and is available on our website at https://www.azauditor.gov/reports-publications/state-agencies/transportation-department/report/maricopa-association.
Pima County voters approved an excise tax for regional transportation purposes in May 2006. Collection of the tax began in July 2006 and continues through June 2026. According to the voter Publicity Pamphlet, the tax would be used throughout the region to add vehicle lanes to roads, bus pullouts, sidewalks, and bike lanes; and improve intersections, safety to schools, and transit services. In May 2006, voters also approved the regional transportation plan developed by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). The RTA is managed by the Pima Association of Governments (PAG). The comprehensive 20-year RTA Plan, which will be implemented through June 2026, includes 4 main components: roadway improvements, safety improvements, environmental and economic vitality improvements, and transit improvements.
A performance audit for the Pima Association of Government–Regional Transportation Authority Plan was issued in April 2017 and is available on our website at https://www.azauditor.gov/reports-publications/state-agencies/transportation-department/report/pima-association-governments.
Qualifications and independence
The person or firm must have national status with expertise in evaluating multimodal transportation systems and in regional transportation planning and be independent. In the event the person or firm is currently performing work or has within the last 10 years performed work for the State of Arizona, including ADOT, or MAG, Valley Metro, PAG, RTA, or any of the local governments related to these entities, the person or firm must disclose the nature of the work performed and when it was performed. Any member of a firm who performed such work before joining the firm must also provide the prescribed disclosure.
The person or firm must also provide information on other areas that may result in independence issues, such as participation on a board or having a direct or indirect financial interest. The person or firm must submit this information using the Independence Disclosure Form in Attachment A to this RFP. If the Auditor General determines that an independence issue exists, the person or firm’s proposal will not be considered. The Auditor General is the sole authority in determining whether any independence issues exist.
Key dates regarding the RFP are as follows:
|RFP released||July 8, 2020|
|Email inquiries from contractors due||July 29, 2020|
|Proposal due date||August 12, 2020|
|Award contract and notice to proceed||August 26, 2020|