MYTH: HART doesn't keep track of all of the subconsultants working on the project.
FACT: HART's contracts are with the prime contractors, not the subcontractors. Subcontractors are the firms hired by the prime contractors to assist them with performing the work. HART follows all state and federal procurement laws and holds the prime contractor accountable for completing the work according to the terms of the contract. HART does track some subcontractors, as required by state or federal law, such as contractors participating in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program and subcontractors who require special licenses to work on the project.
Typically, a prime contractor is responsible for ensuring all subcontractors comply with federal requirements. FTA grant recipients are not required to track every subcontractor on a given project. (For specific requirements, please see FTA Circular 4220.1F Third Party Contracting Guidance and the FTA Master Agreement.)
HART tracks and makes readily available information on its prime contractors. Updates on all HART contracts are provided in Monthly Progress Reports which are posted on the project website and presented to the HART Board of Directors in meetings that are open to the public.