Consultant Selection and Procurement


Caltrans Division of Local Assistance provides guidance to local agencies on consultant selection and procurement process related to Federal aid highway projects. Consultant services contracts funded in whole, or in part, with Federal aid highway program funds shall be procured in accordance with federal requirements of Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR Part 200. In addition, consultant contract for engineering and design, also known as Architectural and Engineering or A&E, must also comply with the requirements established in 23 USC Part 112, 40 USC Section 1101-1104 (Brooks Act), and 23 CFR Part 172.

A&E services are defined as “program management, construction management, feasibility studies (includes environmental studies and analysis), preliminary engineering, design, engineering, surveying, mapping or architectural related services”.



Consultant Contract Audit and Review Process Training

a. Procurement A&E Contracts
    A&E Training Webinar 

b. Selected Shorts Video Series (webcast): 
    Video 1 Limited Proposals Received (MP4) (79 sec), PDQA AE Video Shorts 1 Reference Material(PDF) 
    Video 2 Contract Prior to Authorization (MP4) (74 sec), PDQA AE Video Shorts 2 Reference Material(PDF) 
    Video 3 Local Preference vs Local Presence (MP4) (102 sec), AE Video Shorts 3 Reference Material(PDF)
    Video 4 A&E Resources Website,  AE Video Shorts 4 Reference Material(PDF) 
    Video 5 A&E Consultant Contracts: Conflict of Interests (COI)AE Video Shorts 5 Script(PDF) 

c. Selected Shorts Video Series - Independent Cost Estimate (ICE) and Cost Analysis
    Video 1 General Overview (67 sec), AE Video 1 General Overview Script (PDF)
    Video 2 Regulation Summary (65 sec), AE Video 2 Regulation Summary (PDF)
    Video 3 Quick Review (3 min, 1 sec), AE Video 3 Quick Review (PDF)
    Video 4 Introduction to Worksheets (2 min, 48 sec), AE Video 4 Introduction to Worksheets (PDF)
    Video 5 ICE Salary Range (2 min, 55 sec), AE Video 5 ICE Salary Range (PDF)
    Video 6 ICE LPA Estimate of Hours (3 min, 43 sec), AE Video 6 ICE LPA Estimate of Hours (PDF)
    Video 7 ICE Other Direct Costs (2 min, 35 sec), AE Video 7 ICE Other Direct Costs (PDF)
    Video 8 Cost Analysis (2 min, 22 sec), AE Video 8 Part 2 - Cost Analysis, Introduction (PDF)
    Video 9 Cost Analysis Other Direct Costs (3 min, 5 sec), AE Video 9 Cost Analysis, Other Direct Costs (PDF)
    Video 10 Cost Analysis ICE vs Cost Proposal (4 min, 33 sec), AE Video 10 Cost Analysis, ICE vs Cost Proposal (PDF)
    Video 11 Final Negotiation (3 min, 18 sec), AE Video 11 Final Negotiation (PDF)
      Case Study Independent Cost Estimate (7 min, 31 sec)
      Case Study Cost Analysis (9 min, 22 sec)
d. Tools (Spreadsheets)
     Part 1 - ICE Worksheet
     Part 2 - Cost Analysis Worksheet
     Profit/Fee Determination

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