Archive for September, 2010

Helpful Websites

There are many websites which are helpful when developing and administering your local DBE program. Please use these resources as a guide to help you with your DBE program.

49 CFR PART 26

California Unified Certification Program (CUCP)

Caltrans Civil Rights

Caltrans Local Assistance

Census Bureau NAICS search

DBE Program FAQs

DOT Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

U.S. Census Bureau County Business Patterns (CBP)

Common Acronyms

There are many acronyms associated with public transportation contracting. Here are some of the most common acronyms.

AADPL – Annual Anticipated DBE Percentage Level

This is the overall goal based on demonstrated evidence of the availability of DBEs relative to all businesses that are ready, willing and able to participate on Federally funded contracts.

CFR – Code of Federal Regulations

The Code of Federal Regulations is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation.

CUCP – California United Certification Program

The California Unified Certification Program provides “one-stop shopping” certification services to small, minority and women businesses seeking to participate as a DBE on contracts funded by the U.S. Dept of Transportation.

DBE – Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

A for-profit small business that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.  These individuals must be citizens of the United States and be: (1) an individual whom a recipient finds to be a socially and economically disadvantaged individual on a case-by-case basis, or (2) either Black American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian-Pacific American, Subcontinent Asian American, female, or any other group found to be socially and economically disadvantaged by the U.S. SBA.

GFE – Good Faith Effort

Federal funding requires primes bidding on contracts to meet advertised DBE or UDBE goals on projects. If they are unable to meet this goal, they must demonstrate that a “Good Faith Effort” was made to solicit and hire DBe or UDBE firms.

LAPM – Local Assistance Procedures Manual

The Local Assistance Procedures Manual is a Caltrans document that describes the various procedures required to process Federal and State funded local transportation projects.

NAICS – North American Industry Classification System

NAICS is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.

UDBE – Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

DBE classes that have been determined in the 2007 Caltrans Disparity Study to have a statistically significant disparity in their utilization in previously awarded transportation contracts.  Underutilized DBEs include: Black Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, and females.

AGC comments on Obama’s Transportation Investment Proposal

The ACG issued a press release regarding President Obama’s Transportation Investment proposal. The AGC contends that the Obama Administration proposal, while needed, is no substitute for a long-overdue six-year surface transportation bill.

Read the press release here.

USDOT Receives “A” Rating from SBA

US DOT released a statement on their recent SBA recognition.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released the Small Business Procurement Scorecard for all agencies reflecting each agency’s contracting accomplishments for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009. The Department of Transportation Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization is pleased to announce it received an “A” rating for its FY 2009 small business achievements. This is the fourth consecutive year DOT has received the highest rating for its small business contracting achievements.

Continue reading the statement.

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Edward Salcedo is the President of GCAP Services, a California-based business consulting firm that services both public and private sector clients and provides specialized support in DBE Program Consulting. For more information about Mr. Salcedo and GCAP Services, reference the About and Contact Us pages.