SB1 Increasing Opportunities for Small Business

SB1 was signed in 2017 and invests $54 billion over the next 10 years to improve and maintain California’s transportation infrastructure. This is a good news for small businesses (SBs), disabled veteran business enterprises (DVBEs), and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) because a trailer bill, SB103, now requires that Caltrans increase the dollar value of contracts and procurements awarded to SBs, …

Caltrans Increases Overall DBE Goal

On January 3, 2019, Caltrans announced that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has significantly increased the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Annual Overall Participation Goal to 17.6 percent on federally funded transportation projects in California. The new goal will apply to federally funded contracts entered between the federal fiscal years of 2019-2021.  The past six years have brought a 30-percent increase in …

Feds Investigate Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

The Federal Transit Authority is investigating the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) after they received a complaint that the authority may have violated rules involving minority and women-owned businesses.  In a contract MV Transportation had with MARTA, the business agreed to a 20% DBE goal with minority-owned business, Gresham Transportation Services. However, Gresham says they never received the work …

DBE Matters – Goal Setting Website

As part of the DBE Think Tank, a contract goal setting website has been developed to provide people with a start point for contract goal development. Contract goals are set to address past and current discrimination in the marketplace and help counterbalance barriers to the participation of minority/women/disadvantaged business enterprises in contracts. To visit this new website, click here.

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 Looking for 2016 Disparity Study Comments

Caltrans is looking for your comments on their 2016 Disparity Study to discuss options for setting Disadvantaged Enterprise goals. The study examines whether there are disparities between utilization of minority-owned/women-owned businesses and what might be expected based on their availability for transportation contracts. For more information, click here.

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.