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 on MBE/WBE activity related to FRA’s major grant and loan programs. To conduct the study, FRA contracted with Jack Faucett Associates (JFA), a nationally recognized and respected expert in public-sector economic and survey research, and the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center (NORC), which is working with JFA to conduct the survey research.
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