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Contracting Diversity News

We established this diversity-in-contracting focus journal in 2005 to help the DBE, M/WBE, DVBE, and small business community stay informed about pertinent public procurement news and events.



Harrisburg launches disparity survey

The City of Harrisburgh is currently in the process of conducting a disparity study into the experiences of minority-, women-, disabled-, veteran- and LGBTQ-owned businesses that have done (or attempted to do) busines...

Published Jun 23, 2022


Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announces triennial DBE goal

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), in Washington, D.C., have announced their triennial DBE participation goal, in accordance with federal law as recipients of federal funding for transit projects. The f...

Published Jun 21, 2022


DBE Participation Goal announced for O'Hare and Midway Airports

The City of Chicago has announced triennial DBE participation goals on federally-assisted projects let by the O'Hare and Midway International Airports. The period covered by the goals is fiscal years 2023 through 2025....

Published Jun 16, 2022


Los Angeles City Council moves to increase MWBE participation

The Los Angeles City Council has passed a motion establishing "Community Level Contracting" as a City-wide procurement practice. The motion was introduced by Council Member Nithya Raman in a move to increase participation ...

Published Jun 15, 2022


Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority soliciting input on DBE goals

The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority in North Carolina is in the process of developing its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goals for fiscal years 2023, 2024 and 2025. The Authority wishes to solicit input from inte...

Published Jun 15, 2022


Colorado DOT announces three-year DBE participation goal

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced a draft goal for DBE participation on federally-assisted projects, covering the period of fiscal years 2023 through 2025. The figure has been set at 2.44 perce...

Published Jun 15, 2022


Kentucky Transportation Cabinet seeks input on DBE goals

The Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development (OCRSBD) for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is currently in the midst of developing its triennial disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation...

Published Jun 14, 2022


New Jersey revises DVBE set-aside program to institute "Rule of Two"

A bill, NJ S2249 (22R), has been passed by the New Jersey State Senate which revises the set-aside program currently in place for disabled veteran-owned business enterprises (DVBEs). The bill was sponsored by Senator Troy ...

Published Jun 07, 2022


Illinois General Assembly considers expanding MBE definition

A bill recently filed in the Illinois General Assembly by State Representative Cyril Nichols would include businesses with Arab owners in the state's program for minority-owned businesses (MBEs).Currently, the ...

Published Jun 01, 2022


San Diego Council Members propose race- and gender-conscious contracting program

California's Proposition 209, a ballot initiative prohibiting the giving, by state entities, of preferential treatment based on race, sex, or ethnicity, was passed in 1996 and has remained on the books since that time. How...

Published Jun 01, 2022


Ohio DOT announces public meeting on DBE goal

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is inviting interested members of the public to a virtual public meeting on the Department's proposed DBE participation goal for fiscal years 2023 through 2025. Minority and wom...

Published May 31, 2022


New Jersey Senate Bill raises DVBE set-aside goal

New Jersey State Senator Joe Cryan has introduced legislation which would raise the percentage of contracts set aside for disabled-veteran-owned businesses (DVBEs) from three percent to six percent. In add...

Published May 23, 2022


Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development hosting DBE Goal Meeting

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) is hosting a public meeting for discussion of its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goal for federally-assisted contracts in fiscal ye...

Published May 20, 2022


New Jersey creates LGBTQ-owned business certification program

Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey has signed an executive order creating a state certification program for LGBTQ+-owned business enterprises. The order, Executive Order 295, charges the New Jersey Department of the Treasu...

Published May 12, 2022


Legislation introduced to beef up USDOT DBE provisions

U.S. Representative Jesús "Chuy" García (IL-04) has introduced a bill, referred to as the "Giving Disadvantaged Businesses Opportunities for Success Act", intended to promote governmental contracting opportun...

Published May 12, 2022