Caltrans Oversight Information Notice (COIN)

The Caltrans Local Assistance Program Caltrans Oversight Information Notice, or "COIN" for short, are single-topic bulletins intended to provide outreach information and guidance to local agencies on all issues pertaining to the Federal-aid projects. They cover a wide variety of subjects, including discussions of findings resulting from process reviews by Caltrans and/or FHWA, changes in procedures or regulations, reminders of existing procedures or best practices, and other timely information.The goal is to help local agencies ensure proper and timely delivery of Federal-aid projects.

Listed below are the COIN's that Caltrans Division of Local Assistance has completed to date:

COIN Number COIN Topic
COIN #19-02 Plans, Specifications, And Estimate DSA Review (PDF)
COIN #19-01 Project Delivery Requirements (PDF) , revised on 08/23/2019
COIN #18-01 Indirect Cost Allocation Plan/Indirect Cost Rate Proposal Submission (PDF) 
COIN #16-01 Timely Preparation and Approval of Contract Change Orders (PDF)
COIN #15-04 Assurance that Construction Subcontracts Contain All Federal Requirements and Pertinent Provisions (Form FHWA-1273) of the Prime Contract (PDF) 
COIN #15-03 Title VI Compliance by Local Agencies (PDF) 
COIN #15-02 Protected Bikeways and Flexible Design (PDF) 
COIN #15-01 Non-Traditional (Electronic) Advertising for Contract Bids or Proposals (PDF)  
COIN #14-02 Contractor Registration with California Department of Industrial Relations (PDF)
COIN #14-01 Use of Extra Work at Force Account (PDF)
COIN #12-03 Bio-acoustic Requirements for Bridge Projects Involving Pile Driving and Demolition (PDF)
COIN #12-02

MAP-21 - Expansion of the National Highway System (PDF)

COIN #12-01 Poster Requirements on Federally-Funded Construction Projects (PDF) 
COIN #11-04 Buy America Requirements(PDF) 
COIN #11-03 Support Documentation for Payments(PDF) 
COIN #11-02 Administration of Contract Time(PDF) 
COIN #11-01 Pre-award Audit Requirements for A&E Consultants (PDF)
COIN #10-06 Prompt Payment Provisions and Enforcement Mechanisms(PDF) 
COIN #10-05 Engineer's Cost Estimate/Bid Reviews and Evaluations(PDF) 
COIN #10-04 Frequently Observed Deficiencies in Contract Administration (PDF) and its Attachment A (PDF)
COIN #10-03 Timely Submittal of Invoices for Federal-Aid Reimbursement DBE Information (PDF)
COIN #10-02 Federal Wage Rates In Federal-Aid Construction Contracts (PDF)
COIN #10-01 High-Visibility Safety Apparel (PDF)
COIN #09-04 Do Not Use Local Hiring Preferences (PDF)
COIN #09-03 Quality Assurance Program (QAP) (PDF)
COIN #09-02 FHWA Risk Management Plan for Recovery Act Projects (PDF)
COIN #09-01 Keeping Adequate Construction Records (PDF)


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