Committee on Civil Rights
Clarisse Bernardes Coble, Human Resource Director
Please see here a copy of the final report of an internal Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) national review of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program that was conducted in 2015.
FHWA respectfully requests our assistance in sharing the observations and recommendations of the program review report with our State DOT leadership. FHWA will encourage every State DOT CEO to hold conversations with their respective Division Administrator to identify opportunities and develop an action plan to further enhance the State’s DBE program. Our responsibility is to assist in communicating to State DOT CEOs of how important it is to communicate with all units of their respective organizations about their commitment to the program.
National Review of DBE Program Summary:
The purpose of the review was to determine the current state of practice with respect to how the FHWA Division Offices provide technical assistance and oversight of their State Department of Transportation’s (State DOT’s) DBE program and the approaches State DOTs use to administer their DBE programs. The review took place in January through May of 2015. The review included site visits to six State DOTs that were randomly selected through a probability proportional to size methodology, surveys to Division Offices, telephone interviews with program experts, and a review of each State DOT’s DBE Program Plan.
National Review Observations:
National Review Recommendations:
FHWA stands ready to provide training and technical assistance to State DOT area engineers and field staff, contract administration and procurement staff, in addition to civil rights staff, to improve their understanding of the program and to convey effective compliance and oversight practices.
This is a great opportunity for us to assist FHWA in communicating the observations, recommendations and next steps. Working together on this endeavor is a win-win for ALL!
Civil Rights Subcommittee Chair-person