Mile Marker: A Caltrans Performance Report

Check out the latest issue of the Mile Marker:  A Caltrans Performance Report. Find out how Caltrans is making improvements to our state highway system and how technology can help drastically cut water usage. Click here to read the report.  

Company Connected with Federal Indictment Awarded $3.2 Million in Contracts

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Butler Enterprise Group, LLC with two $1.6 million public outreach contracts. This company is currently connected to a federal indictment and alleged bridge-rigging scheme in which Butler allegedly agreed to submit fraudulent bids to the Department of Energy. Larry Bush, the founder of San Francisco Friends and Ethics, argued that the SF …

Patience Pays Off With DBE Applications

A Pennsylvania couple has been charged with bribery and conspiracy after trying to expedite their Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Application at the Southern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).  Read the whole story here.

Arizona Department of Transportation Program Helps Minority Businesses Grow

View video Line by line, it’s the intricate detail that Falcon Contracting considers a hallmark of its work. Even those who have never heard of the company before have likely witnessed its handiwork. If you’ve parked at a Walmart in the Valley, you’ve probably parked in between the company’s lines. Falcon is one of 1,600 businesses in ADOT’s Disadvantaged Business …

Discrimination Lawsuit Against Washington State DOT

Elton Mason, owner of Washington State Trucking, has filed a discrimination lawsuit against WSDOT, Seattle Tunnel Partners and other entities with the U.S. District Court in Seattle. The lawsuit, filed last week, alleges racial discrimination and retaliation with regards to Washington State Trucking’s participation on the Alaskan Way Viaduct Tunnel Project. Mason and his attorney, Beverly Grant, announced the lawsuit …

USDOT Approves Separate Goals for Women and African American Businesses

On Jan. 19, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx approved a waiver of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations to allow the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to provide group-specific race-conscious DBE contract goals for firms owned and controlled by women and African Americans. This was in response to the lack of participation of women and African Americans …

CALTRANS OVERALL DBE GOAL & METHODOLOGY and WAIVER REQUEST PUBLIC MEETINGS

WHAT IS CALTRANS’ OVERALL DBE GOAL & METHODOLOGY? Addresses potential discrimination against DBE firms in the award and administration of Federal Highway Administration-funded projects through the use of race-conscious and race-neutral measures. Determines the percentage of contract dollars that DBE firms would be expected to earn absent the effects of discrimination. Bases overall DBE goal methodology on results from Caltrans’ …

CEO Of Steel Contractor On World Trade Center Site Convicted At Trial Of Fraud In Connection With Program Designed To Encourage Participation Of Minority And Women-Owned Businesses

CEO Of Steel Contractor On World Trade Center Site Convicted At Trial Of Fraud In Connection With Program Designed To Encourage Participation Of Minority And Women-Owned Businesses CEO’s company, DCM Erectors, also found guilty of fraud Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that LARRY DAVIS, President and Chief Executive Officer of …

CA CONTRACTOR SETTLES DBE FRAUD CASE FOR $5.4M

The Times of San Diego reported: A San Diego-based construction company has paid $5.4 million to resolve allegations that it fraudulently billed the federal government for work on multiple projects on military bases, including Camp Pendleton, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. It was alleged that Harper Construction Company Inc. knowingly used sham, small disadvantaged businesses and then falsely certified …