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CS-363 RBOC Construction Management Services Lessons Learned: SSIP Projects and Procedures Information - April 1 ,2014

The purpose of this paper is three-fold: first, to define categories which make up project delivery costs; second, to establish a percentage of construction cost associated with these activities; and third, to recommend how this cost should be applied to the projects currently defined in the program validation phase of the SSIP. In order to accomplish its purpose, this paper reviews historical information previously developed by the SFPUC as well as available information from wastewater programs in other parts of the country.

2013 Final Report - May 9. 2013 - Evaluation of the Water System Improvement Program - Project CS-254

R.W. Block Consulting, Inc. (RWBC) was engaged by the Revenue Bond Oversight Committee (RBOC) to perform the following two tasks

TASK A – Analyze the estimate at completion (EAC) and schedule at completion (SAC) for five projects in the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP).

TASK B – Evaluate WSIP delivery costs, defined as soft-costs or non-construction costs, including project and program management, planning, engineering, environmental review and permitting, and construction management costs.

Office of the Controller, City Services Auditor: The Department Appropriately Categorized Program Management Costs, but Should Improve Its Method of Allocating Those Costs to Projects - February 13, 2012

The objective of the audit was to determine if best practices are being followed in the allocation of program management costs for two projects of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) Water System Improvement Program (WSIP): long-term improvements at the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant and modifications to the dechloramination facility at the Pulgas Balancing Reservoir.

Office of the Controller, City Services Auditor Expenditures of the Lake Merced Pump Station Essential Upgrade Project Are in Accordance With Bond Resolutions; However SFPUC Should Improve Its Recognition of Costs - February 13, 2012

The objective of the audit was to determine whether the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) used bond proceeds in accordance with bond resolutions, legislation, intended uses, and action of the Public Utilities Commission itself for the Water System Improvement Program’s (WSIP) Lake Merced Pump Station Essential Upgrade Project (project). The audit period was January 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011.

Office of the Controller, City Services Auditor: Expenditures of the Bay Division Pipeline Reliability Upgrade – Pipeline Project Appear Reasonable - November 22, 2011

The objective of the audit was to determine whether the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) used bond proceeds in accordance with bond resolutions, legislation, intended uses, and action of the Public Utilities Commission itself for the Water System Improvement Program’s (WSIP) Bay Division Pipeline Reliability Upgrade – Pipeline Project (project). The audit period was July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011.

Office of the Controller, City Services Auditor: Expenditures of the Mission and Mount Vernon Street Sewer Improvement Project Appear Reasonable - November 22, 2011

The objective of the audit was to determine whether bond proceeds expended for the Mission and Mount Vernon Sewer Improvement project (project) were used in accordance with the intended uses stated in the San Francisco Charter and bond resolution and by action of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission itself (commission) for the project. The audit period was July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.

Independent Review of Water System Improvement Project Construction Management Program - December 28, 2011

An Independent Review of the San Francisco Public Utility Commission (SFPUC) Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) was conducted during the week of October 3, 2011. The review was specifically focused on the Construction Management (CM) Program and addressed three specific areas of interest to the San Francisco Public Utilities Revenue Bond Oversight Committee (RBOC). The areas studied were Change Management, Risk Management and Project Cost, Schedule and Contingencies. A list of questions was developed to help define the specific issues to be addressed and was used in undertaking the review.

Responses to Comments Independent Review Panel Draft Reports - December 28, 2011

Following are the responses to comments received from reviewers of the October 28 and December 5, 2011 Independent Review Panel (IRP) Draft Reports.

Review of the Indendent Review Panel's Final Report Dated December 28, 2011 Concerning the WSIP - January 19, 2012

San Francisco’s Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) is one of the largest and most complex construction projects every undertaken by the City and its Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). To ensure that WSIP is managed in the best possible manner, the WSIP management and San Francisco Revenue Bond Oversight Committee (RBOC) retained a panel of construction management industry experts (the Independent Review Panel, IRP) to review the Program. Such review panels are not unusual for such programs, even though the underlying agency may have retained an outside program manager.

2010 Annual Report - January 24, 2011

The 2010 Annual Report is a review of the major activities of the Public Utilities Commission Revenue Bond Oversight Committee for the calendar year.

2009 Audit:Robert Kuo Consulting LLC, RW Block Consulting, and Lawrence Doyle: Review of the Sunset Reservoir - North Basin Project

The objective of the audit was to use the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) project Sunset Reservoir-North Basin as a test case to determine whether the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has developed the capital project reporting capabilities required to permit the RBOC and other interested parties to evaluate whether WSIP projects are meeting budget, schedule and other performance objectives.

2007 Audit: Robert Kuo Consulting, LLC with Lawrence Doyle, Shannon Gaffney Consulting, and EPC Consultants, Inc.: Financial Review of Aspects of the WSIP

The objective of the audit was to review 15 Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) projects as a representative sample of the WSIP program. In addition, the team reviewed changes in program controls and projects removed from the WSIP.

2006 Audit: Robert Kuo Consulting, LLC and Lawrence Doyle: Review of WSIP Expenditures Under PUC’s Commercial Paper Program

The objective of the audit was to conduct a financial review of the use of Commercial Paper to finance the Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) for the period from July 1, 2003 through March 1, 2006.

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