Highlights from Chapter 6:

Refocusing the Enterprise on Risk Management

The Authority is enhancing its approach to risk. This chapter outlines three basic ways the Authority intends to enhance risk management:

  • Recommending additional contingency for potential risks on current Central Valley construction
  • Establishing an Enterprise Risk Management Program
  • Creating a Stage Gate process for project development and delivery

In addition, the chapter provides information related to key risks facing the program including funding, litigation, organization, program delivery and future operations.

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Key Facts

  • The Authority has established an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Office and a committee to oversee and recommend actions to address ongoing program risk
  • A new Stage Gate process is outlined to strengthen project development, project delivery and risk management
  • “Gates” represent major project milestones at which a formal decision is made on a project’s readiness to advance to the next stage, bringing greater rigor and oversight

Enterprise Risk Committee

chart showing makeup of the ERM Committee

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This graphic shows the structure of the Authority’s Enterprise Risk Committee. It is portrayed in a circular fashion as it is intended to represent a cohesive, collaborative, cross functional and inclusive risk organization. Components include:

  • Governance and Policy – CEO
  • Administration – Deputy Director of Legislation, Chief of Strategic Communications, Chief Deputy Director
  • Project – COO, Chief of Rail, PMO
  • Internal Audits – Chief Auditor
  • Legal – Counsel
  • Financial Asset Management – CFO
  • Enterprise Risk Management – Risk Director

The Stage Gate Process

chart showing the Stage Gate Process

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This graphic shows the Stage Gate process and the Authority’s application to the process. A Stage Gate project development and delivery process provides more rigor and focus on risk-informed decision-making at every stage of project development.

  • Initiate – Stage 1: Project Initiation
  • Preliminary Engineering & Environmental Approval – Stage 2: Identify Preferred Alternative and Begin Preliminary Design, Stage 3: Environmental Clearance, Prepare for Pre-Construction
  • Early Works – Stage 4: Early Works and Right-of-Way Acquisition
  • Procurement – Stage 5: Procurement for Construction
  • Design and Build – Stage 6: Final Design, Construction, Testing and Commissioning
  • Project Close Out – Stage 7: Project Close Out

More Information

Learn more about the California High-Speed Rail program and business plan online at https://hsr.ca.gov/ or contact the Board of Directors at (916) 324-1541 or boardmembers@hsr.ca.gov.

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