SANDAG Bench Program Featured in American DBE Magazine

American DBE Magazine recently featured the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Equity Plan and Bench program in an article highlighting how they have been able to engage more DBEs in public work: For many Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms, the most challenging part of gaining traction in the transportation industry is securing their first contract. The reason is the proverbial …

$692K DBE Fraud Settlement The Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement Project

Defendants Repeatedly Failed to Disclose That a Non-DBE Subcontractor Performed Work Exclusively Attributed to Their DBE The United States filed and settled a civil fraud lawsuit against NAUGHTON ENERGY and two of its owners, its president, MARIETTE NAUGHTON, and her husband, JOSEPH NAUGHTON.  NAUGHTON ENERGY, a Pennsylvania-based fuel distributor, supplied diesel fuel to vehicles and equipment used in connection with …

U.S. DOT Requesting Comments on Programs and Policies that Perpetuate Systemic Barriers

On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed the Executive Order, “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government” (Equity E.O.). Through the implementation of this Administration priority, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) will assess whether, and to what extent, its programs and policies perpetuate systemic barriers to opportunities and benefits for people of color …

U.S. DOT Announces Expanded Local Hire and Workforce Development Pilot Programs

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg today announced expanded construction hiring and workforce development pilot programs to be managed by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA). “As we invest in world-class infrastructure for Americans, we want to make sure that our investments create jobs for people in the communities where the projects …

Navigating DBE & LC Interviews During a Pandemic

Jaime Buda (Business Development Manager) sits down with Edward Salcedo (President) and Sylvia Linn (Vice President) to discuss the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on conducting Commercially Useful Function (CUF) and Labor Compliance onsite interviews. To view the full article, click on the file below:

FRA Disparity Study

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is conducting a first of its kind nationwide small, minority-owned and woman-owned business disparity study, seeking to determine whether the playing field is level for firms aspiring to win subcontracts from grantees receiving Federal funds administered by the agency. The FRA commissioned a Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business to report to Congress …

FAA Launches New Prompt Payment Complaint Reporting Module

The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 instituted a requirement for recipients to report covered prompt payment complaints to the FAA Office of Civil Rights. The FAA had temporarily set up a survey tool as a means for recipients to report complaints, but have now launched a new prompt payment complaint reporting module directly in the FAA Civil Rights Connect System. …

NEW CUCP Online Certification System

On March 8, 2021, the California Unified Certification Program (CUCP) announced the new California Unified Certification Program Certification Application System: https://caltrans.dbesystem.com. The CUCP certification application system is a free internet-based service that will provide assistance in managing the following: CUCP directory hosting and maintenance DBE/ACDBE certification management Submission of online applications, changes, and renewals Tracking applications from submission to completion …

Caltrans 2021 Statewide DBE Summit

Caltrans is hosting a webinar on March 30, from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. This webinar will provide information to public works subcontractors, contractors, suppliers and consultants who are eligible to become or are currently certified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.

New Online Dashboard Shows Diversity of High-Speed Rail Small Businesses Program

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) has launched a new online dashboard that tracks Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), which include women- and minority-owned small businesses participating on the high-speed rail project. The feature is on the Authority’s small business program homepage at https://hsr.ca.gov/small_business/. “We designed the new dashboard to highlight minority-owned small businesses’ participation in building high-speed rail and to transparently …