New Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Guidance Documents

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of General Counsel recently approved three new guidance documents related to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. Access the documents on FTA's DBE Guidance web page.

  • Compliance with Requirements for Timely Processing of Certification Applications clarifies the responsibility of Unified Certification Programs (UCPs) to track their progress in reviewing DBE certification applications, to adequately communicate with applicant firms, and to ensure that certification decisions are made within the regulatory deadlines. 
  • Guidance on State or Local MWBE Program Contract Goals sets forth USDOT’s position that state and local business participation program goals cannot be applied to federal-aid contracts.
  • Prompt Payment Section Sample Template provides a sample that recipients may implement through their DBE Program Plans to encourage monitoring and enforcement of the regulation requiring prime contractors to promptly pay and release retainage to subcontractors. 

Links:
Compliance with Requirements for Timely Processing of Certification Applications
Guidance on State or Local MWBE Program Contract Goals
Prompt Payment Section Sample Template
FTA’s DBE Guidance