Midwest State DOT Performance Audit and Peer State Benchmarking Results
On February 25, 2021, the Ohio Auditor of State (AOS) released the results of a performance audit of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). This audit was performed in response to State of Ohio legislation (House Bill 62), which required AOS to conduct a performance audit of ODOT using a detailed, data-driven analysis of the ODOT’s highway management and maintenance practices.
AOS selected The Kercher Group, Inc. (Kercher) through a competitive process to serve as the prime contractor. Kercher led the audit in the following, major review areas with sub-consultant PFM providing support with funding analysis:
This was a major project with a very aggressive timeline, occurring over six months, producing final reports that include over 200 pages of information. Kercher performed these reviews through a combination of ODOT personnel interviews and a full review of ODOT data from each of the respective asset management systems.
Project benchmarking efforts included comparing asset conditions and business processes of ODOT and peer states along with projected expenditures. 11 State DOTs participated in the associated benchmarking effort, which included participating in detailed interviews, comparison of Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) documents, and use of comparative statistical data available from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Additional background on this audit and related links are available at the following website: