Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 41-08. Implementing Race-Neutral Measures in State Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Programs

State Departments of Transportation are required to establish an annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goal and methodology for federal-aid highway contracts using funds disbursed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The federal regulatory mandate is set forth in Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 26 (Part 26). Each state is required to submit new overall goals for DBE participation each year. The process is elaborate and requires using the two-step goal-setting process set forth in Section 26.45 of Part 26 by establishing a base figure for DBE availability; describing the evidence with which it was calculated; by making adjustments to that figure, where appropriate; and, describing the evidence relied upon for such adjustments. Under Step One of the goal-setting process, states must calculate DBE availability to set a new annual overall goal for FHWA-assisted contracts based upon "demonstrable evidence of the availability of ready, willing and able DBEs relative to all businesses ready, willing and able to participate" on its FHWA-assisted contracts. Under Step Two, states must examine all relevant evidence for consideration of a possible adjustment to the base figure to reflect the "effects of the DBE program and the level of participation that would be expected but for the effects of past and present discrimination." To accomplish goals, many states have implemented "supportive services programs," which are race-neutral measures that assist DBEs to remove barriers and to compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE program. This study will review and synthesize problems faced by states in DBE program administration and goal setting and remedies used to overcome identified problems including race neutral efforts.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Gause, Jo

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Start Date: 20090701
  • Source Data: RiP Project 22395

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464168
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:37PM