Equal Opportunity Programs

Equal Opportunity Programs Department

The Equal Opportunity Programs Department has lead responsibility for the implementation of the Authority's Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (LDBE) Program, and its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Programs for federally-funded contracts and concession opportunities. The Equal Opportunity Programs Department fosters Minority and Woman Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE) participation through the Authority's policy of voluntary MBE/WBE participation.

The goal of the Equal Opportunity Programs Department is to maximize the opportunity of small, disadvantaged, minority (MBE), and women-owned business enterprises (WBE) in competing for Authority-sponsored contracts. DBE participation is sought on Authority contracts that utilize Federal dollars as part of their funding. In conjunction with this goal, the Equal Opportunity Programs Office, in coordination with other offices, determines DBE goals and LDBE requirements and appropriate voluntary MBE/WBE goals on all Authority-sponsored contracts. In addition, this Department also monitors contractors' compliance with LDBE and DBE requirements and reports on the Authority's LDBE/DBE/MBE/WBE achievements.

MBE/WBE Policy

It is the policy of the Authority to aggressively seek MBE and WBE participation in its contract opportunities through all lawful means. The Authority has two programs for achieving this policy objective - an LDBE Program for contracts that do not include any federal funds and its DBE Programs for federally-funded contracts and concession opportunities.

Employment of Veterans Policy

The Authority has adopted a policy to encourage reasonable efforts whenever possible to offer employment to qualified veterans, including the disabled, by the Authority, its contractors and subcontractors.

DBE Program

The directory also provides a listing of Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and Woman Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) firms who have been certified as a DBE. The DBE Program covers contracts that are funded in part or in whole with federal dollars. This program provides opportunities to firms who meet the federal eligibility standards for DBEs. The Authority must comply with Department of Transportation regulations in 49 CFR Part 26, when certifying DBEs. To qualify as a DBE under 49 CFR Part 26, a business must be a small business (as defined by the Small Business Administration) which is at least 51 percent owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. African American, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Subcontinent Asian Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans and women are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged. The management and daily business operations must be controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own it. The receipts of all affiliate companies are counted in determining size.

Business concerns are affiliates of each other when either directly or indirectly:

  • one concern controls or has the power to control the other, or
  • a third party (or parties) has the power to control both.

Consideration is given to such factors as common ownership, common management, contractual relationships and overlapping authority.

DBE certification applicants' Personal Net Worth (PNW) must not exceed $1.32 million excluding the equity in the owner's primary residence and ownership in the applicant firm.

Authority Resources

Please contact the Equal Opportunity Programs Department if you are interested in:

  • LDBE and DBE contract opportunities
  • Marketing your firm as an LDBE or DBE
  • LDBE or DBE certification
  • Looking for LDBE/DBE firms as partners or subcontractors

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