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 …