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Ohio Department of Transportation
2015-16 Disparity Study

ODOT Waiver Request Information 

The Ohio Department of Transportation submitted a waiver request to the US Department of Transportation in 2016. This waiver would allow the Department 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.
 

Download the complete waiver request or the waiver request summary.
 

A Public Hearing on this waiver request was held on Dec. 16, 2016: 
  View the Transcript from this meeting.

Public Comments on this waiver request were collected from Nov. 14, 2016 to Dec. 23, 2016:
  View the Public Comments
 
 
 

 ​Disparity Study Final Report

 

​The Ohio Department of Transportation has received the results of the 2015-16 Ohio Public Authorities Disparity Study. ODOT requested the study in order to identify and understand the barriers that separate qualified small and disadvantaged businesses from highway construction and engineering contracting opportunities. The study was conducted by BBC Research & Consulting and Exstare Federal Services Group.

The disparity study also measures the availability of Ohio's DBE subcontractors that are able to work on federally-funded projects. ODOT uses those findings to set Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goals for federal fiscal years 2017 through 2019. Read more about the proposed DBE goals and methodology here. 

Download the complete Disparity Study Report or ODOT's report summary.

In addition, see the Study Documents page for related materials.

 

 

 ODOT Submits Waiver Request to USDOT

 

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.