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 …

New Caltrans Exhibit 9-F Due Monthly

The Caltrans Division of Local Assistance released the 2021 Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM) on January 4, 2021. In addition to numerous minor revisions, the LAPM introduced a new Exhibit 9-F: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Running Tally of Actual Attainments. This exhibit is required to be completed by the prime contractor/consultant and must be emailed to Caltrans each month after …

DBE CUF Consequences

Connecticut Contractor Agrees To Pay $3.2 Million To Resolve Criminal and Civil Investigation On January 8, 2021, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut entered into a civil settlement agreement with Ducci Electrical Contractors, Inc. Ducci agreed to pay more than $3.2 million plus interest to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act.   On the …

DBE Gross Receipts Increased to $26.9M

The US Department of Transportation issued a ruling today that increases the DBE size standard to $26.29M, effective January 13, 2021, for FTA and FHWA funded projects. The statutory gross receipts cap for certified DBEs specified in 49 CFR §26.65 is adjusted for inflation from $23.98 million to $26.29 million. This adjustment applies to the DBE program only.  If a …

Updated DBE & ACDBE Program Guidance During COVID-19

The US Department of Transportation released guidance documents addressing DBE and ACDBE program requirements during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency on March 24, 2020 and April 1, 2020. This guidance was updated on November 25, 2020. The program requirements are now extended until June 30, 2021. Overall DBE Goal Methodology Public Participation – Agencies are required to include public participation …

Caltrans Division of Local Assistance (DLA) Title VI Requirements Change

Effective immediately, all local agencies are required to insert the clause from Appendix E of the Title VI Assurance in each federal-aid contract. There is a U.S. Department of Transportation Order No.1050.2 requirement to add Appendix E, which is not included in Exhibit 4-C: Master Agreement – Administering Agency-State Agreement for Federal-Aid Projects. All local agencies must include the provisions indicated …