The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) maintains an annual goal level for disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation on federally assisted projects but will assign individual contract goals if neccessary. Being certified as a DBE by SDDOT opens up the opportunity for being counted towards that goal if a good faith effort has been made by the bidding parties to involve DBEs in the process. Certification is done through the DBE project coordinator for SDDOT.
Does this local/state program offer reciprocal certifications with other local/state programs? Out-of-state applicants must first obtain DBE certification from the Unified Certification Program in their state. Reciprocal certification is not automatic but is subject to specified Interstate Application procedures.
Does this certification expire? DBEs must submit annual no-change affidavits in order to retain their certification.
Does this program require bidders attempt to make a good-faith effort to meet participation goals? Yes. Bidders must make a good-faith effort to meet the DBE participation requirement on a given project should it have such a goal specified.