of the DBE certified firms who responded indicated having been certified for six years or more, while 45.6 indicated they have been certified for 5 years or less.
of the DBE respondents indicated they have submitted proposals and/or bids to Caltrans, while only 34.8% indicate they have been awarded a Caltrans contract.
58.9% of respondents indicated that work available to DBE subcontractors only through prime/subcontractor teaming agreements was the barrier most identified that they encountered while doing business with Caltrans. 48.5% indicated difficulty in connecting with or getting commitments from primes/subcontractors.
DBEs responded that making work available to DBEs only through a Prime Contractor was the greatest challenge faced, while Prime Contractors believed a DBE’s greatest challenge was the scope of work not appropriate for a DBE
Each of the four groups of stakeholders were asked what barriers DBEs encounter in doing work for primes and/or for Caltrans. While the DBEs rated that work available to DBE subcontractors only through prime/subcontractor teaming arrangements and difficulty in connecting with/getting commitments from primes/subcontractors the highest, the prime contractors, Caltrans employees, public agency representatives, and service providers rated scope of work not appropriate for their firm and difficulty in meeting contracting requirements (insurance, bonding, etc.) as among the greatest barriers. Conversely, the DBE survey respondents rated these same factors the lowest. The factor, work available to DBE subcontractors only through prime/subcontractor teaming arrangements was rated by 50% or more of the respondents from all groups except for the prime contractor representatives.
The majority of the prime contractors that responded to the survey indicated that issues with understanding and completing the bids and/or proposal paperwork and timely responsiveness inhibit DBEs from successfully securing subcontract work on Caltrans projects.
The majority of the DBE certified respondents feel the following would better position them to obtain business with Caltrans:
|4,842||Number of DBE Firms|
|517||Number of Contracts to DBEs*|
|168||Number of DBEs Awarded Contracts*|
|70%||Percent of DBEs rated Caltrans awards as biggest reason for certification|
|*Numbers based on DBEs Used in Contracts (DUC) A&E/Minor B and Construction 14-15 Report|
DBE certified respondents indicate that they could benefit from support with the following (in descending order of importance)