SB 1 emphasizes accountability and transparency for the new funding and programs created by the legislation. SB 1 holds Caltrans and local governments accountable for the efficient investment of public funds to maintain the public highways, streets, and roads:
ACA 5 - PROTECTING SB 1 $ FOR TRANSPORTATION USE ONLY
SB 1 funds are protected under Article 19 of the California State Constitution for transportation purposes only. The Legislature passed ACA 5 (Frazier, 2017) to safeguard new dollars not previously protected for transportation use. ACA 5 was voted upon and approved by California voters as Proposition 69 on the June 2018 ballot.
SB 1 created the Independent Office of Audits and Investigations, including an Inspector General, appointed by the Governor, who will serve as the director of the Audits and Investigations Office. The individual will serve a six-year term, and must be confirmed by the Senate. The Inspector General may not be removed from office during that term, except for good cause. The Inspector General is vested with the full authority to exercise all responsibility for maintaining a full scope, independent, and objective audit and investigation program. The Inspector General shall report all audit and confidential investigation findings and recommendations made under his or her jurisdiction to the Secretary of Transportation and Caltrans director and chief deputy director on an ongoing and current basis. Additionally, SB 1 created an annual report by the Inspector General to the Governor, the Legislature, and the California Transportation Commission with a summary of investigation and audit findings, recommendations, and implementation status of previous recommendations.
In October 2017, the Governor appointed an Inspector General to direct the office’s work. The office is currently developing its procedures for selecting audits and investigations to perform.
CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION OVERSIGHT
SB 1 empowers the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to hold state and local government accountable for making the transportation improvements they commit to delivering. It also provides authorization for the California Transportation Commission to review and allocate Caltrans funding and staffing for highway maintenance to ensure those levels are reasonable and responsible. Get more information on CTC's oversight role.