Increased DBE/ACDBE Size Standards

The Department of Transportation issued a final rule on December 14, 2020, applicable to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) program regarding an annual inflationary adjustment to the business size standard (business size limit/gross receipts cap) for businesses participating in the DBE program under 49 CFR part 26 and pursuant to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021. Effective March...

FFY 2023-2024 Triennial Goals- START NOW!

Direct recipients of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding are required to establish triennial DBE goals for a three-year period. If your triennial goal is set to expire this year, your FFY 2023-2024 triennial goal and methodology is due August 1, 2022. Don't wait to get started! Gathering the required data, calculating the goal, making adjustments to the goal, performing the...

How the MTA meets its diverse contracting goals in the era of COVID-19

Michael Garner, the MTA’s chief diversity officer, discusses how the agency’s minority- and women-owned business program has met the challenges of the pandemic in an interview with City & State. New York state in fiscal year 2021 paid an unprecedented $3 billion to the state certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs). And the state exceeded its own MWBE official...

NAICS Code Updates for 2022

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. Effective January 1, 2022, the 2017 NAICS code list has been replaced with the 2022 NAICS code list. View the NAICS code website for more...

U.S. Settles Dispute Over DBE Fraud

U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Illinois issued the following announcement on Jan. 27. FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – United Ironworkers (“United”), D&K Welding Services (“D&K”), Kim Rasnick, and Dorrie Wise-Harris have agreed to pay the United States and the State of Illinois $440,000 to resolve a civil False Claims Act investigation relating to fraud on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) programs of...

New DBE Trucking Contract Process Embraces Equity and Inclusion

LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) are moving forward to develop a new change in construction contract framework to include disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE) trucking companies as subcontractors. MDOT will collect roster data from DBE truckers and post to a public website the number of DBE trucking companies, types of trucks, and work...

FAA Goal-Setting Schedule

The Federal Aviation Administration has released a revised schedule for DBE and ACDBE Reporting Requirements for Airport Grant Recipients. https://www.faa.gov/sites/faa.gov/files/2021-12/FAAGoalsDueChart%20New_Final.pdf

DBE Program Overview

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) DBE Program seeks to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts in the Department’s highway, transit, and airport financial assistance programs and to create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts. The FTA Office of Civil Rights is responsible for monitoring FTA recipients' DBE programs...

Congressional subcommittee looks into why $66B of infrastructure funds won’t target minority contractors

The Federal Railroad Administration, unlike DOT, doesn't have an established program to award contracts to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. Part of the promise of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure act recently signed by President Joe Biden is that it will be inclusive of minority and women-owned businesses. For example, the act establishes a Minority Business Development Agency within the Department of Commerce...