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:

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 …

The Ins and Outs of Certifications

Navigating the world of certifications can be very daunting. If you’re interested in learning more about this topic, please click here to check out our latest video. Key areas covered in the video include:– Understanding the certification world– Eligibility requirements– Why should you get certified?– How to get your firm certified– Your role after certification

Caltrans Division of Local Assistance (DLA) DBE Procedure Updates

On September 4, 2020 the DLA office issued Office Bulletin 20-04 to provide several updates to DBE procedures for LAPM Chapter 9 and related exhibits. Click here for a copy of the full bulletin. Key areas updated include the following: LAPM Section 9 9-A, DBE Implementation Agreement 9-B, Local Agency DBE Annual Submittal Form 10-R, A&E Sample Contract Language 12-G, …

Wisconsin Accountant Sentenced in Disadvantaged Business Fraud Scheme

On August 19, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin sentenced Mark F. Spindler to 3 months’ incarceration, 36 months’ supervised release, 100 hours of community service in disadvantaged/minority areas, a $7,500 fine, and a $100 special assessment. On January 24, 2020, Spindler—owner of the accounting firm Komisar & Spindler in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin—was convicted by …

SBA Office of Advocacy Submits Comments on Size Standards

On Aug. 22, Advocacy submitted the Small Business Administration’s proposed rule, Small Business Size Standards: Calculation of Annual Average Receipts. In the letter, Advocacy urges the SBA to revisit, revise, and re-publish for comment a supplemental initial regulatory flexibility analysis to ensure proper alternatives are discussed. View the letter here.

FHWA Debars New Jersey-based Contractor

Sanzo Ltd. and its owner, Coral Sanzo, were debarred by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on August 23, 2019. This debarment prohibits Sanzo from participating in federally funded procurement and non-procurement programs for a period of 3 years. On July 6, 2016, in U.S. District Court, Newark, New Jersey, Sanzo was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection …

City of Atlanta in Violation of Federal Obligation for Airport Grants

The Federal Aviation Administration says the city of Atlanta is in violation of its federal obligations for airport grants because of its actions in a dispute between the airport’s XpresSpa contractor and a minority partner. These violations can put the airport’s eligibility at risk for federal grant funding. Last week, the FAA launched a new investigation into the world’s busiest …

LA – Largest City in US to Formally Include LGBTQ Businesses in Contract Process

The city of Los Angeles will be the largest municipality, by both population and economy, to formally include LGBTQ-owned businesses in the city’s billions of dollars in contract procurement. Reports show that similar contracts in LA amount to as much as $8 billion over roughly 40 departments Federal and local governments have long built into contract procurement opportunities for minority-owned …