Presentation on theme: "TDOT Civil Rights Office Small Business Development Program."— Presentation transcript:
1 TDOTCivil Rights OfficeSmall BusinessDevelopmentProgram
2 Statement of Commitment The DBE program is intended to remedy past and current discrimination against disadvantaged business enterprises, to ensure a “level playing field,” on which DBEs can compete fairly for contracts.
3 DBE Program What is the program? This program was developed by the Federal Highway Administration and is administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation Civil Rights Office Small Business Development Program to encourage minority, female and other disadvantaged firms to work in the highway/bridge industry. Both state and federal construction projects and monies are included in it.
4 Who can qualify as a DBE?Owners must possess the expertise to control the daily operations and management of the firm.Owners must be able to show ownership of at least 51% of the firm through real and substantial investments of capital.Owners’ net worth must not exceed $750,000. (excluding personal residence and stock/ownership in the potential DBE firm).Call the Small Business Development Program in Nashville at (615) or for further information or check our
5 DBE Ethnic Classifications MBEMinority Male Business EnterpriseMFBEMinority Female Business EnterpriseAIAAsian Indian AmericanAPAAsian Pacific AmericanBABlack AmericanHAHispanic AmericanNANative AmericanWFBEWhite Female Business Enterprise
6 Distribution of All DBEs by Region Geographic AreaNumber of DBEsPercent of DBEsIKnoxville and Upper East Tennessee3714%IIChattanooga and Southeast Tennessee2610%IIINashville and Middle Tennessee5120%IVMemphis and West Tennessee4417%N/AOut of State9939%
8 Commercially Useful Function (CUF) Expectations of State DBE Program1. Definition of CUF, is that the DBE is responsible for the execution of the work where the DBE manages, supervises, obtains the materials, and performs the work items with his/her own forces.
9 Commercially Useful Function Cont’d 2. If a DBE is found not to be performing a CUF, no credit toward the prime’s DBE goal for that work will be credited.3. No sharing of resources, i.e., equipment, employees, etc., should be allowed without prior approval of the awarding authority.
10 Commercially Useful Function Cont’d 4. If the DBE is performing according to “industry practice” which conflicts with the DBE program requirements, the DBE program requirements prevails.
11 Monitoring Responsibilities Prime contractors have an obligation to make every effort in complying w/ intent when awarded goal projects.TDOT Project Engineers, in addition to assigned responsibilities from the Region, monitor CUF functions and other DBE matters.
12 Monitoring Responsibilities Cont’d SP 1247: Requires contractors to make an effort to use DBEs for subcontracts or suppliers on federal-aid contracts. TDOT tracks usage & reports to FHWA & the Commissioner.In the event a CUF issue occurs, the Regional Project Engineer must contact the Regional Contract Compliance Officer immediately to ensure the problem comes to a prompt resolution.
13 Monitoring Responsibilities Cont’d Replacement: A DBE can only be replaced w/ approval from the Civil Rights Office SBDP. A letter, from the prime, should be written stating: reason for replacement, company they wish to use, & if company’s not a DBE, the good faith effort used in finding DBE as substitute.
14 How To Comply With DBE Utilization Requirements TDOT’s Special Provision (SP) 1247 requires contractors to make an effort to use DBEs for subcontracts or suppliers on federal-aid contracts. TDOT tracks usage & reports to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) & the Commissioner of TDOT. Prime contractors have an obligation to make every effort in complying w/ intent when awarded goal projects.Posted on the Civil Right’s Small Business Development Program’s(It can be made available for those that do not have Internet access)
15 DBE Highway & Bridge Construction Work Areas PavingConcrete Construction:Reinforcement SteelSpecialty Items:Guardrail & Fence PlacementPavement ScoringEarthwork ServicesDrainage:Placement of Lateral Underdrains & CatchbasinsConsultantsSuppliersProfessional Services
16 TDOT’s FFY 2009 DBE Goal Projection Race Conscious4.49%(Department Requiring Contractor Utilize DBE Participation)Non-GoalRace Neutral2.78%(Contractor Selects DBE Participation)Goal: 7.27%** Combination Of DBE Goals Set On Individual Construction Projects By SBDP & Construction Staff For Entire Federal Fiscal Year (October – September)
17 Small Business Development Program Organizational Chart
18 Small Business Development Program Director Should you have any questions/concerns regarding the DBE Program or issues regarding DBEs on projects, you may contact:Deborah LuterSmall Business Development Program Director(888) Toll Free(615) Phone(615) Fax