ACDBE Program Regulations

DOT has released Official FAQs on ACDBE Program Regulations. These questions and answers provide guidance and information for compliance with the provisions under 49 CFR part 23. Like all guidance material, these questions and answers are not, in themselves, legally binding or mandatory, and do not constitute regulations. Can recipients enter into long-term, exclusive agreements with concessionaires? Section 23.75 See the Long-Term, …

Caltrans Exhibit 9-B and Exhibit 9-C Forms Due June 1, 2015

In order to qualify to receive federal funds for their transportation projects, each local agency must provide to the Caltrans District Local Assistance Engineer (DLAE) a completed “LOCAL AGENCY DBE ANNUAL SUBMITTAL FORM (Exhibit 9-B)” by June 1 of each year for the following 2016 Federal Fiscal Year (FFY), which covers October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.  This form …

Caltrans Public Meeting on FTA Goals

Caltrans is hosting public meetings to allow contractors to provide input on proposed DBE goal on FTA-funded projects for Fiscal Years 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2019, and 2018-2019. Caltrans’ DBE participation goal is 6.95%. Caltrans projects that it will be able to meet 4.0% of its DBE goal through race- and gender neutral measures. The remaining 2.95% will be achieved through the use of …

DBE Training: Setting and Meeting the Goal- Caltrans District 3

This half-day Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) training is being provided by Caltrans Office of Business & Economic Opportunity (OBEO) to help local agencies understand how to set and meet their DBE goals on federally-funded projects. Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Session #1: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Session #2: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Location: Caltrans District 3 703 B …

USDOT Mentor-Protege Program Re-Launches

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is pleased to announce the expansion of our Mentor-Protégé Program. After successfully implementing the pilot program, OSDBU allowed additional firms to join, increasing the number of Mentor-Protégé relationships from 9 to 25. In addition to increasing the amount of participants, the performance period of the Mentor-Protégé …

DGS Small Business Program Meeting

The California Department of General Services’ (DGS) will host a hearing to give the public an opportunity to voice their opinion on the proposed changes to the state’s Small Business (SB) certification program on March 5th. The hearing will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the DGS Auditorium, 707 Third Street, 1st Floor, West Sacramento, California, 95605.

Q&A- Western States Paving Company Case

The US DOT provides specific guidance regarding the Western States Paving Company case and its impact on federally-funded contracting  in the 9th Circuit. Below is an abbreviated summary of the questions and answers provided by the US DOT. Q. What did the court say in Western States? The 9th Circuit panel held that 49 CFR Part 26 was constitutional. The …

Caltrans FTA Disparity Study Released

Caltrans has released the FTA Disparity Study, which found that substantial disparity exists between the expected and actual participation of some disadvantaged groups on contracts funded by the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA). Caltrans has a race-neutral FTA DBE program and seeks to meet its annual DBE participation goal of 4 percent without utilizing goals on individual FTA-funded contractsThe department is accepting public comments until …