One of the primary purposes of the ODOT disparity study is to examine whether there are disparities between two factors:
- The percentage of total transportation-related construction and engineering contract dollars that minority- and woman-owned businesses received for ODOT and Commission prime contracts and subcontracts between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2014 (referred to as a utilization analysis); and
- The percentage of dollars that minority- and women-owned businesses would be expected to receive based on their availability to perform work on such prime contracts and subcontracts (referred to as an availability analysis).
In addition, the studies will examine other qualitative and quantitative information related to several other factors:
- Marketplace conditions for minority- and woman-owned businesses;
- Contracting practices and assistance programs that ODOT currently has in place;
- Legal considerations surrounding ODOT’s implementation of the Federal DBE Program;
- Helping ODOT set its overall DBE participation goal; and
- Potential program measures for ODOT to consider implementing as part of the DBE program.
Information collected through the study will help ODOT plan and implement its programs for minority- and woman-owned business participation. The study will provide:
- An independent, objective review of minority- and woman-owned business participation in transportation-related construction and engineering prime contracts and subcontracts. This information will be valuable to ODOT leadership and to external groups that may be monitoring thee agency's contracting practices;
- Information that is useful for setting ODOT’s overall DBE goals;
- Information that is useful for fine-tuning implementations of the EDGE Program; and
- Insights about how ODOT might improve contracting opportunities for local small businesses, many of which are minority- or woman-owned.