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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

DBE Complaint Hotline
(888) 778-4171   ODOTComplaintHotline@dot.ohio.gov

for reporting DBE fraud, contracting fraud, discrimination, etc

Background

Congress requires the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to have a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. Congress enacted the first DBE statutory provision in 1983, and has reauthorized and amended the program many times since then. As Congress made clear in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), Public Law 114-94, approved December 4, 2015:

(A) while significant progress has occurred due to the establishment of the disadvantaged business enterprise program, discrimination and related barriers continue to pose significant obstacles for minority- and women-owned businesses seeking to do business in federally assisted surface transportation markets across the United States;

(B) the continuing barriers described in subparagraph (A) merit the continuation of the [U.S. Department of Transportation's] disadvantaged business enterprise program;

(C) Congress has received and reviewed testimony and documentation of race and gender discrimination from numerous sources, including congressional hearings and roundtables, scientific reports, reports issued by public and private agencies, news stories, reports of discrimination by organizations and individuals, and discrimination lawsuits, which show that race- and gender-neutral efforts alone are insufficient to address the problem;

(D) the testimony and documentation described in subparagraph (C) demonstrate that discrimination across the United States poses a barrier to full and fair participation in surface transportation-related businesses of women business owners and minority business owners and has impacted firm development and many aspects of surface transportation-related business in the public and private markets; and

(E) the testimony and documentation described in subparagraph (C) provide a strong basis that there is a compelling need for the continuation of the disadvantaged business enterprise program to address race and gender discrimination in surface transportation-related business.

DOT's DBE regulations are set out in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Part 26 (titled "Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs"). The objectives of DOT's DBE regulations are:

(a) To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts in the [U.S.] Department [of Transportation]'s highway, transit, and airport financial assistance programs;

(b) To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;

(c) To ensure that the [U.S.] Department [of Transportation]'s DBE program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;

(d) To ensure that only firms that fully meet [49 CFR Part 26's] eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;

(e) To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts;

(f) To promote the use of DBEs in all types of federally-assisted contracts and procurement activities conducted by recipients;

(g) To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE program; and

(h) To provide appropriate flexibility to recipients of Federal financial assistance in establishing and providing opportunities for DBEs.

As a recipient of federal-aid highway and federal transit funds authorized under numerous acts (most recently the FAST Act), ODOT is required to comply with DOT's DBE regulations. As a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) primary recipient and a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recipient receiving more than $250,000 in FTA funds in a federal fiscal year, ODOT must also have a DBE program, a signed and dated DBE policy statement, a DBE liaison officer, and prompt payment mechanisms, among other requirements. ODOT's DBE program objectives mirror those of the U.S. Department of Transportation. ODOT's DBE policy statement is available at the beginning of its DBE program document, which sets out the mechanisms ODOT uses to ensure compliance with DOT's DBE regulations.​​​​​​​​​

ODOT's DBE activities are centered in its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program in the Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, but many other ODOT divisions and offices share responsibility for various aspects of DBE compliance.

 

 DBE Functional Areas

 

Contractor Compliance

Certification

Supportive Services

Goal Attainment

 

 DBE Goals

 
 

 DBE Contact Information

 
(614) 466-3957
 
(614) 466-2878
 
Administrator, Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
DBE Liaison Officer

 
Contractor Compliance Manager
(513) 933-6530
 
Certification Manager
(614) 644-0301
 
Supportive Services Manager
(614) 466-4325
 
Goal Attainment Manager
(614) 644-5649