Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Disparity Study

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (Alaska DOT&PF) has embarked upon a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Disparity Study, led by MGT Consulting Group, to determine if disparities exist between the utilization and availability of disadvantaged businesses in the DOT’s relevant marketplace. MGT will be examining expenditures for the time frame October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2019 (FFY 15- FFY 19).

 

The study’s objectives are to determine the extent to which DBEs participate in the procurement of United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) federally assisted highway/airports/transit contracts in the categories of general construction services and professional services. The study will also determine if DBE participation is representative of the availability of DBEs who are ready, willing, and able to participate in federally assisted USDOT contracts.

Background

The primary goal and objective of the Alaska DOT&PF DBE Program is to level the playing field by providing small and disadvantaged firms in the market area a fair opportunity to compete for federally funded transportation contracts.  The Alaska Unified Certification Program (AUCP) is administered by Alaska DOT&PF’s Civil Right Office (CRO). This program is mandated by the US Department of Transportation and is designed to be a “one stop” certification process for DBE firms wishing to participate on projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

 

We are encouraging all business owners, both DBE certified and non-DBE certified, to provide information about their experiences doing business, or attempting to do business, with the Alaska DOT&PF.

 

A formal project initiation meeting was conducted on February 18, 2020 with CRO staff and MGT. 

 

For more information about the study, please contact Rashaud Joseph, MAM, MBA, Civil Rights Office Manager, rashaud.joseph@alaska.gov or (907)269-0848.

 

If you have questions or comments, please contact Andres Bernal, MGT’s Project Manager, abernal@mgtconsulting.com or (850)386-3191.

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