SANDAG Develops Magazine Highlighting DBE/SBE Program Success on the Mid-Coast Trolley Mega-Project

GCAP Services, Inc. is proud to have provided tremendous support to SANDAG in creating and developing their first-ever magazine publication featuring the success of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business (SB) Program on the Mid-Coast Trolley mega-project. SANDAG highlighted DBE firms that performed work on the project, which had a significant impact on the growth of their emerging …

USDOT Info Session on Transportation Equity

On May 25, from 2pm ET – 3pm ET, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will host a virtual Info Session on Transportation Equity. Register here. Done right, equitable transportation policy can help level the playing field. It can transform economies, connect people to opportunity and empower underserved communities to build generational wealth for the future. During this event, you will hear from …

California Company Agrees To Pay $650,000 as Part of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement for DBE Violations

On April 8, 2022, G&C Equipment Corporation (G&C), a California-based construction materials supplier, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. The DPA required G&C to pay a $650,000 criminal penalty for making false statements regarding the company’s eligibility to participate in DOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. Specifically, in …

USDOT Equity Action Plan

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released an Equity Action Plan that highlights work that the U.S. Department of Transportation will undertake across four focus areas – wealth creation, power of community, interventions, and expanding access – to expand access and opportunity to all communities while focusing on underserved, overburdened, and disadvantaged communities. Read more here. Download the Equity Action …

Increased DBE/ACDBE Size Standards

The Department of Transportation issued a final rule on December 14, 2020, applicable to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) program regarding an annual inflationary adjustment to the business size standard (business size limit/gross receipts cap) for businesses participating in the DBE program under 49 CFR part 26 and pursuant to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021. Effective March …

FFY 2023-2024 Triennial Goals- START NOW!

Direct recipients of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding are required to establish triennial DBE goals for a three-year period. If your triennial goal is set to expire this year, your FFY 2023-2024 triennial goal and methodology is due August 1, 2022. Don’t wait to get started! Gathering the required data, calculating the goal, making adjustments to the goal, performing the …

How the MTA meets its diverse contracting goals in the era of COVID-19

Michael Garner, the MTA’s chief diversity officer, discusses how the agency’s minority- and women-owned business program has met the challenges of the pandemic in an interview with City & State. New York state in fiscal year 2021 paid an unprecedented $3 billion to the state certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs). And the state exceeded its own MWBE official …

NAICS Code Updates for 2022

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. Effective January 1, 2022, the 2017 NAICS code list has been replaced with the 2022 NAICS code list. View the NAICS code website for more …

U.S. Settles Dispute Over DBE Fraud

U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Illinois issued the following announcement on Jan. 27. FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – United Ironworkers (“United”), D&K Welding Services (“D&K”), Kim Rasnick, and Dorrie Wise-Harris have agreed to pay the United States and the State of Illinois $440,000 to resolve a civil False Claims Act investigation relating to fraud on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) programs of …

New DBE Trucking Contract Process Embraces Equity and Inclusion

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) are moving forward to develop a new change in construction contract framework to include disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE) trucking companies as subcontractors. MDOT will collect roster data from DBE truckers and post to a public website the number of DBE trucking companies, types of trucks, and work …