DOT has released Official FAQs on DBE Program Regulations. These questions and answers provide guidance and information for compliance with the provisions under 49 CFR part 26. Like all guidance material, these questions and answers are not, in themselves, legally binding or mandatory, and do not constitute regulations.
What types of contracts can be counted toward DBE goals? (Section 26.3(a), 26.55)
What should a recipient do in the case of a DBE manufacturer who, partway through a multi-year contract, becomes a broker?
If a DBE firm is certified after the execution of a prime contract, are there any circumstances in which its use on the contract can be counted toward DBE goals? (Section 26.55(f); 26.81(c))
What options do recipients have for counting the participation of DBE trucking companies?? Section 26.55(d)(3)-(5)
Can a recipient count DBE participation for a firm toward contract and overall goals if the firm has not been certified to perform the particular type of work that it intends to perform on a given contract? Section 26.53(a); 26.71(n); 26.81(c)