Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program
What is DBE?
The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“CapMetro”), a public transportation provider located in Austin, Texas, submits this report on its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) triennial goal and the methods used to calculate it, to the United States Department of Transportation’s (“USDOT” or “DOT”) Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) for review in accordance with §26.45 of Title 49 C.F.R. Part 26 (“Part 26”) and USDOT guidance.
Since Cap Metro anticipates awarding prime contracts that equal or exceed the cumulative amount of $250,000.00 in the forthcoming Federal Fiscal Years (“FFYs”), it must establish an overall triennial DBE goal for FTA assisted contracts. This submission covers FFYs 2023-2025 and establishes an overall DBE goal of 22.5%. Cap Metro plans to achieve its goal using 10% race-neutral measures and a remainder of 12.5% race-conscious measures.
- Ensures equal opportunity in transportation contracting markets.
- Addresses the effects of discrimination in transportation contracting.
- Promotes increased participation in federally funded contracts by small, socially and economically disadvantaged businesses, including minority- and women-owned enterprises.
The statute requires that at least 10 percent of the amounts made available for any Federal-aid highway, mass transit and transportation research and technology program be expended with certified DBEs.
- Ensure non-discrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted and locally funded contracts.
- Create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted and locally funded contracts.
- Ensure that the DBE program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law.
- Ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR part 26 eligibility standards can participate as DBEs.
- Help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted and locally funded contracts.
- Assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE program.
Federal Regulation, 49 CFR, Part 26, Subpart E, section 26.81 states that each state must implement a "one stop" certification process for DBEs. Each entity receiving DOT funds is required to enter into and sign an agreement establishing and supporting a Unified Certification Program (UCP) within the state.
In response to this mandate, 6 agencies have agreed to perform the certification of DBEs within the state of Texas under the Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP). The agencies are: Texas Department of Transportation, North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency, South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency, city of Houston, city of Austin and the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority.
For more information about the U.S. DOT's DBE program, see the DOT's website.
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