USDOT Reviewing Guidance Documents and Looking for Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation is reviewing its existing guidance documents to evaluate their continued necessity and determine whether they need to be updated or revised. As part of this review, the Department invites the public to identify and provide input on existing guidance documents including the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Official Q&A and Airport Concession DBE (ACDBE) Program Official FQAs . Please …

2019 LAPM and LAPG Released!

Caltrans Division of Local Assistance has released the 2019 Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM) and the 2019 Local Assistance Program Guidelines (LAPG). The LAPM helps California local agencies scope, organize, design, construct and maintain their public transportation facilities when participating in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funded federal-aid or state funding. The manual describes the processes, procedures, documents, authorizations, approvals and certifications required in …

2018 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Conference

The US Department of Transportation Small Business Transportation Resource Center – Southwest Region in conjunction with the California Asian Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2nd Annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Conference in Los Angeles on December 5, 2018. The conference will provide an opportunity for small businesses to network and make connections with over thirty exhibitors, including state agencies, private …

FHWA’s New DBE Program – Alternative Contracting Methods Handbook

  It’s finally here!  The Federal Highway Administration has released its new DBE Program Handbook on Alternative Contracting Methods. According to FHWA, this handbook is intended to be a practical tool for providing effective risk-based stewardship and oversight of the DBE program on program delivery and procurement methods beyond the traditional design bid-build model around which the governing regulations were …

Update in DBE Goal Methodology

Local agencies must use the updated Exhibit 9-D template to calculate Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goals for all federal contracts (consultant and construction) that will be advertised or authorized on October 1, 2018 or thereafter To access the Exhibit 9-D Form, click the link down below: Exhibit 9-D

Caltrans SB 1 Workshop for Local Agencies

Join Caltrans at their SB 1 Workshop taking place around California for agencies receiving funding through the Active Transportation Program, Local Partnership Program, Solutions for Congested Corridors Program, and Trade Corridors Enhancement Program. The following workshops are currently scheduled: September 5, 9 A.M – 4 P.M., District 5 Office, Sycamore Room, 50 South Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo September 11, 9 …

Guidance on Procedures for Submitting Good Faith Efforts Information on Design-Bid-Build Contracts

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of General Counsel has approved new guidance documents related to Procedures for Submitting Good Faith Efforts Information on Design-Bid-Build Contracts. This helps clarify how recipients must ensure that all contract bidders/offers submit DBE subcontractor information on design-bid-build contracts. To view this document, click here.

New DBE Guidance Documents Released

Three new guidance documents related to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program have been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of General Counsel. 1) Compliance with Requirements for Timely Processing of Certification Applications 2) Guidance on State or Local MWBE Program Contract Goals 3) Prompt Payment Section Sample Template To access these documents, visit the FTA’s DBE Guidance web page.

DBE Regulations – Official Questions and Answers

These questions and answers provide guidance and information for compliance with the provisions under 49 CFR part 26, pertaining to the implementation of the Department’s disadvantaged business enterprise program. The General Counsel of the Department of Transportation has reviewed these questions and answers and approved them as consistent with the language and intent of 49 CFR Part 26. These questions …