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January 18, 2023

USDOT Announces Two New Actions to Advance Economic Opportunity for Disadvantaged Workers and Businesses through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced new resources from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that will create economic opportunities and open […]
January 5, 2023

Transit Vehicle Manufacturers (TVMs)

If you are an FTA recipient, you must require in your DBE program that each transit vehicle manufacturer, as a condition of being authorized to bid […]
December 15, 2022

History of the DOT DBE Program

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has had in effect for more than 20 years a policy of helping small businesses owned and controlled by socially and […]
October 11, 2022

US DOT Good Faith Efforts

USDOT recipients must implement the DBE Program in good faith as well as review the good faith efforts (GFEs) of prime contractors in their attainment of […]
September 29, 2022

US DOT Prompt Payment/Return of Retainage

Ensuring its recipients enforce the prompt payment and return of retainage requirements is a serious concern for USDOT. Prompt payment and early return of retainage are […]
September 20, 2022

US DOT Training- DBE Program Overview

This video gives overview of the DBE Program.
September 20, 2022

Partnerships to Connect Small and Disadvantaged Businesses to Infrastructure Programs

September 20, 2022Contact: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Groundbreaking Partnerships to Connect Small and Disadvantaged Businesses to Infrastructure Programs DOT Will Host Business Forum to Improve Access […]
September 16, 2022

US DOT DBE Project/Contract Goal Setting

USDOT’s Departmental Office of Civil Rights (DOCR) held a training session with FAA, FHWA, and FTA to discuss best practices in DBE project and contract goal […]
September 14, 2022

Governor Newsom Strengthens State’s Commitment to a California For All

New executive order directs state agencies to take critical actions on equity and discrimination and establishes state’s first Racial Equity Commission   Governor signs legislation focused on […]
September 1, 2022

DBE/ACDBE NPRM Comment Period Extended

Today the Department issued a 6-week extension for stakeholders to comment on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking NPRM issued on July 21, 2022. We encourage you to read the NPRM, paperwork […]
August 30, 2022

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Webinar hosted by FAA Small Business Program

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Small Business Program Office is hosting a third webinar about areas of opportunities related to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) on […]
August 11, 2022

Caltrans Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Oversight Monitoring Review

The Caltrans Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and Division of Local Assistance (DLA) are partnering to complete a virtual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Oversight Monitoring review. […]
August 3, 2022

Finding the Ability to Accumulate Substantial Wealth- Proposed Changes to Federal DBE Program

Preliminary Note: The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released a long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to modernize the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program regulations. This blog is […]
July 27, 2022

Biden-⁠Harris Administration Advances Equity And Economic Opportunity Through Federal Procurement And State And Local Infrastructure Contracting

Administration Announces Record Contract Spending on Small Disadvantaged Businesses and New Steps to Create Contracting Opportunities for Disadvantaged Businesses through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law  The Federal […]
July 21, 2022


The Department is conducting outreach sessions to present proposed changes to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concession DBE program announced on July 21, 2022. […]
December 8, 2018

Man Convicted of Exploiting USDOT DBE Program

Stamatios Kousisis and his employer, Alpha Painting and Construction, Inc., were found guilty by a jury of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, three […]
November 29, 2018

2018 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Conference

The US Department of Transportation Small Business Transportation Resource Center – Southwest Region in conjunction with the California Asian Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2nd […]
November 19, 2018

New Jersey Contractor Pays $1.87 Million to Resolve DBE Fraud

Kiewit Contractors, Inc. has agreed to pay $1.87 million to resolve allegations that the company improperly reported Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation on a federally funded […]
October 5, 2018

Business Owner Pays $630K for DBE Fraud

Nicholas Rivecca Sr., owner of Sonag Ready Mix, LLC, has agreed to pay $629,732 to resolve allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act by […]
October 2, 2018

Feds Investigate Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

The Federal Transit Authority is investigating the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) after they received a complaint that the authority may have violated rules involving […]
September 24, 2018

FHWA’s New DBE Program – Alternative Contracting Methods Handbook

  It’s finally here!  The Federal Highway Administration has released its new DBE Program Handbook on Alternative Contracting Methods. According to FHWA, this handbook is intended […]
September 17, 2018

Contractor and Owner Debarred by FHWA after $2 Million DBE Fraud

Vertech International (Vertech) and its owner, Rajat Verma, were debarred on August 30, 2018 by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) after taking part in a $2 […]
September 14, 2018

Man Uses Home DNA Test to Qualify as a Minority Business Owner … Did it Work?

Ralph Taylor, the owner of Orion Insurance Group, now considers himself to be multiracial based on the results of an at-home DNA test. This test estimated […]
September 11, 2018

Metro Suspends Business with Contractor Connected to Bribery

Metro has suspended doing business with a Maryland contractor whose vice president is accused of bribing a transit authority official.  A Maryland grand jury indicted Hardutt […]
September 10, 2018

Notice of Proposed Rule-Making for the Adoption of Small Business Certification Regulations for Public Works Purposes

The Department of General Services (DGS), Procurement Division, Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services (OSDS) propose revisions to the California Code of […]
September 4, 2018

DBE Matters – Goal Setting Website

As part of the DBE Think Tank, a contract goal setting website has been developed to provide people with a start point for contract goal development. […]
August 22, 2018

Caltrans SB 1 Workshop for Local Agencies

Join Caltrans at their SB 1 Workshop taking place around California for agencies receiving funding through the Active Transportation Program, Local Partnership Program, Solutions for Congested Corridors […]
August 16, 2018

Seattle Hosting 34th Annual AMAC Airport Business Diversity Conference

AMAC’s 34th Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference will be hosted by the Airport Advisory Council and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at the Westin Seattle. This conference will […]
July 3, 2018

Safe Harbor Rate and Evaluation Program Extended Indefinitely

The Safe Harbor Cost Rate Test and Evaluation program for Architectural and Engineering (A&E) consulting firms has been extended indefinitely. This program provides a framework for […]
June 23, 2018

CALTRANS Looking for 2016 Disparity Study Comments

Caltrans is looking for your comments on their 2016 Disparity Study to discuss options for setting Disadvantaged Enterprise goals. The study examines whether there are disparities between […]
June 15, 2018

CLT RFP Calls for Bids from Food Trucks

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport has recently put out a request for proposals calling on bids from food trucks, who would serve The Lookout, an outdoor […]
May 24, 2018

TxDOT Struggles to Diversify

When Tamela Saldana trekked across the state of Texas to help contract with minority and women-owned businesses, she encountered a similar troubling scene in each district: […]
May 3, 2018

New DBE Guidance Documents Released

Three new guidance documents related to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program have been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of General Counsel. 1) Compliance […]
April 19, 2018

Three Plead Guilty to $200 Million Scheme

According to federal court documents, three more people have plead guilty in a case involving Brian Ganos Construction and Sonag Co. regarding a $200 million scheme. […]
March 26, 2018

Montana White-Owned Firm Claims Discrimination

Montana has paid $485,000 to settle claims that a disadvantaged business program discriminated against Mountain West Holding Co. for being too white and too rich. Read […]
March 22, 2018

Program Giving Contractors a Larger Role Shows Promise

Caltrans has implemented an alternative contract method aiming to bring contracting projects in on time and within budget. Accord to the Department’s annual report, this program […]
March 16, 2018

LA Metro’s New Program for Small, Disadvantaged, and Veteran-Owned Firms

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has implemented a one-year pilot program that will help small, disadvantaged, and veteran-owned firms secure sufficient bonding to work […]
February 16, 2018

2018 ACCA National Training Institute

Registration is open for the 2018 National Training Institute! This event takes place from August 28, 2018 – September 2, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio at the […]
January 30, 2018

2018 Updates Released for LAPM and LAPG

2018 updates of the Local Assistance of Procedures Manual (LAPM) and the Local Assistance Program Guidelines (LAPG) have been released by the Caltrans Division of Local […]
January 17, 2018

Changes in Reviewing Indirect Cost Rates of A&E Firms Contracting with Local Agencies

New processes have been implemented by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for reviewing Indirect Cost Rates of Architectural and Engineering (A&E) firms contracting with local […]
November 24, 2017

Fall 2017 Issue of American DBE

Check out the Fall 2017 Issue of American DBE, a magazine dedicated to increasing the success and growth of diverse companies in the design, construction, and […]
November 2, 2017

Century Steel Owner Pleads Guilty to $1 Million Fraud Scheme

Donald R. Taylor, the owner of Century Steel Company, plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States after conspiring with the owner of W.M.C.C. Inc. […]
October 20, 2017

Port of Long Beach and Long Beach Transit Interested in Diversity Programs and Goals

The Port of Long Beach and Long Beach Transit recently hosted a Prime Time Business Networking event, that gave small businesses insight to certification and internal […]
October 11, 2017

Disadvantaged Business Conference

The U.S. Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Conference is taking place on November 14, 2017 at Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles!  This is a […]
October 4, 2017

The Partners Program – DBE/WBE/SBE Firms

Delivering complex airport programs requires diversity, innovative thinking, and close collaboration among large and small firms. HNTB has created the Partners Program, a national effort to […]
September 25, 2017

Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017

US House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman, Bill Shuster, unveiled the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 that will extend the Airport Improvement Program […]
September 15, 2017

Mile Marker: A Caltrans Performance Report

Check out the latest issue of the Mile Marker:  A Caltrans Performance Report. Find out how Caltrans is making improvements to our state highway system and […]
August 30, 2017

Company Connected with Federal Indictment Awarded $3.2 Million in Contracts

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Butler Enterprise Group, LLC with two $1.6 million public outreach contracts. This company is currently connected to a […]
August 28, 2017

Patience Pays Off With DBE Applications

A Pennsylvania couple has been charged with bribery and conspiracy after trying to expedite their Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Application at the Southern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority […]
March 23, 2017

Arizona Department of Transportation Program Helps Minority Businesses Grow

View video Line by line, it’s the intricate detail that Falcon Contracting considers a hallmark of its work. Even those who have never heard of the […]
February 27, 2017

Discrimination Lawsuit Against Washington State DOT

Elton Mason, owner of Washington State Trucking, has filed a discrimination lawsuit against WSDOT, Seattle Tunnel Partners and other entities with the U.S. District Court in […]