US DOT proposes DBE program changes
DBE Program : Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program : DBE GoodFaith, Inc.
Posted May 11, 2010
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is
proposing to expand its disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) program and
crackdown on agencies that fail to meet their annual DBE goals.
help small businesses, we're helping get the economy going," said DOT Secretary
Ray LaHood. "This is an important rule that can help small businesses owned and
controlled by women and minorities."
The proposed rules
- Require state DOTs that do not meet their annual
DBE participation goals to analyze why they fell short and offer corrective
- Prevent DBEs from being removed from the program
without a full review;
- Adjust the DBE certification size requirements for
inflation, raising the personal net worth ceiling from $750,000 to $1.3 million
(this requirement has not been changed since 1989);
- Mandate increased oversight by state and local
agencies to ensure that prime contractors fulfill their DBE commitments on
- Mandate that DBE certifications be accepted
between states unless there is good cause. Currently, state and local agencies
only recognize DBEs certified by the state DOT.
The DOT will be accepting comments on the proposed
changes to the DBE program through July 11, 2010.
To read the U.S. DOT's press release for the proposed changes,
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