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, …

City of Atlanta in Violation of Federal Obligation for Airport Grants

The Federal Aviation Administration says the city of Atlanta is in violation of its federal obligations for airport grants because of its actions in a dispute between the airport’s XpresSpa contractor and a minority partner. These violations can put the airport’s eligibility at risk for federal grant funding. Last week, the FAA launched a new investigation into the world’s busiest …

LA – Largest City in US to Formally Include LGBTQ Businesses in Contract Process

The city of Los Angeles will be the largest municipality, by both population and economy, to formally include LGBTQ-owned businesses in the city’s billions of dollars in contract procurement. Reports show that similar contracts in LA amount to as much as $8 billion over roughly 40 departments Federal and local governments have long built into contract procurement opportunities for minority-owned …

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 …

Caltrans LAPM 2017 Edition

Caltrans Division of Local Assistance is pleased to present the 2017 edition of the Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM). This 2017 edition incorporates all updates, changes, Office Bulletins and Local Programs Procedures.   Beginning with this release, new editions of the LAPM will now be presented on an annual basis in January of each year. Each annual release will have …

Caltrans Continues Review of DBE Contract Goal-Setting & GFE

As many of you are aware, Office Bulletin 14-06: Review of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Contract Goals and Good Faith Efforts Pilot Study was originally issued September 24, 2014. As a Pilot Study, the bulletin established a policy for HQ review of the DBE goal setting process and Good Faith Effort review for local agency construction contracts greater than …