Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 43-08. DBE Small Business Program

The 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 26 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) encourages State Departments of Transportation (DOT) to maximize their DBE Program achievements through race-neutral measures. Recent revisions to the regulations now require that state DOTs include a small business element in their DBE program plan to facilitate participation on federally-assisted contracts for all small businesses, including DBEs. While this new requirement does not require state DOTs to create a "Small Business Program," many transportation agencies across the country have and are developing such programs as one way of complying with the new requirement. Other transportation agencies have responded to this change by developing procurement procedures that facilitate small business participation. These procedures include unbundling large contracts, creating small business set asides on smaller projects (i.e. only small businesses can bid on contracts under a certain dollar amount), and letting contracts with items that must be subcontracted. Additionally, State and local governments, as recipients of local and State transportation funding have policies to promote small business participation in their procurement and contracting processes. Generally the State and local government small business program is not sufficient or is too restrictive in policy to be accepted by USDOT. This study will review and synthesize all State DOT transportation-related small business programs. Since the types of small business programs are quite different among State DOTs, this study will focus on existing practices of small business programs regardless of funding source. The study is needed for the following reasons to: (1) provide a reference document for the state DOTs for their work on small business programs in transportation programs; (2) review all small business programs nationally and identify existing practices; (3) compile all the findings in one volume as a resource guide; and (4) act as a compendium of existing small business programs or practices to be considered by counterparts in different transportation agencies.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Principal Investigators:

    Zwahlen, Tanya

  • Start Date: 20110701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 28976

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01463306
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:21PM