On April 15, 2016, ODOT Director Jerry Wray submitted a waiver request to Ms. Laura Leffler, Ohio Division Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration.
Director Wray requests a waiver to implement a race-conscious goal pursuant to Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Section 26.15, so that the State of Ohio may create stronger parity and expanded opportunities for small and disadvantaged business enterprises within the heavy highway construction and engineering industries.
In his letter, Director Wray summarizes the findings of the 2015-16 Ohio Public Authorities Disparity Study and proposes three options for resolving identified disparities. Unlike other current waiver requests, none of the options excludes specific groups from participation in Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goals (which are required by the USDOT), and each option has the potential to reduce recidivism within the DBE community.
Download the complete waiver request or the waiver request summary.