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1 The Why and How of Disparity Studies Insight for Economic Development – Inclusive Business Initiative Lessons from the Washington State Department of Transportation

2 Quick overview of what happened?

3 A Road Less Traveled (aka why did this happen to us?) We had an approved DBE plan, written in accordance with the sample planWe had an approved DBE plan, written in accordance with the sample plan We had never been told that we had to have a studyWe had never been told that we had to have a study We weren’t setting goals on all projectsWe weren’t setting goals on all projects We were doing what every other state DOT was doingWe were doing what every other state DOT was doing The goal in question could have been adjustedThe goal in question could have been adjusted

4 How Have the Other States in the 9 th Circuit Been Impacted? Several states were impacted by the Western States Paving Decision. Many of the states have either conducted or are in the process of conducting disparity studies: AlaskaStudy in progress which includes airports. Currently operating RN at half of RC goal. Study not complete yet.

5 How Have the Other States in the 9 th Circuit Been Impacted? CaliforniaStudy completed in Requesting a waiver to exclude Hispanics. Have received challenges about study from various groups. Not approved yet. IdahoStudy recommended a 10.5% RN goal with more focus on DBE Support Services. Evaluating study recommendations. Not approved yet.

6 How Have the Other States in the 9 th Circuit Been Impacted? MontanaMontanaStudy draft was to be completed by April Delays due to data collection issues. NevadaStudy completed in 2007 resulting in a 5.7% RN goal. Not approved yet. NVDOT doesn’t set FAA goals.

7 How Have the Other States in the 9 th Circuit Been Impacted? Nevada(cont.) McCarran Airport in Las Vegas is doing their own study. OregonStudy completed in Waiver requested for RC goals fro African Americans and Asians at 1% for each group in construction only. Port of Portland doing Study. Not approved yet.

8 How Have the Other States in the 9 th Circuit Been Impacted? WashingtonCompleted Availability Analysis in % overall goal (14.07% RC) Goal methodology & study approved. Looking for funding for next disparity study. HawaiiCurrently conducting a disparity study and have experienced delays due to collection issues.

9 Helpful Tips for DBE Practitioners or Other involved in Conducting Disparity Studies Do Self-Evaluation/What are Your Program Challenges?Do Self-Evaluation/What are Your Program Challenges? Make the Case for What You NeedMake the Case for What You Need Stay Informed about DBE Program UpdatesStay Informed about DBE Program Updates Get & Keep Your Data Straight!Get & Keep Your Data Straight!

10 Helpful Tips for DBE Practitioners or Other involved in Conducting Disparity Studies Have a Plan for conducting a StudyHave a Plan for conducting a Study a.Funding b.Communication strategy look for opportunities to communicate c.Data collection d.Consultation

11 Helpful Tips for DBE Practitioners or Other involved in Conducting Disparity Studies Know Litigation Risk/Involve Legal CounselKnow Litigation Risk/Involve Legal Counsel Know Your LimitationsKnow Your Limitations Prepare for Public Records RequestsPrepare for Public Records Requests Keep Track of Complaints (Formal & Informal)Keep Track of Complaints (Formal & Informal) Remember importance of Title VI in DBE Program!Remember importance of Title VI in DBE Program!


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