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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
ODOT Disparity and Availability Study

In May 2005, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court ruled that a state department of transportation could not establish a race- and gender-conscious disadvantaged business program without evidence showing that discrimination and inequity in contracting opportunities in that state’s transportation industry had occurred. The Oregon Department of Transportation, per guidance from FHWA, suspended its hard goals and retained MGT of America, Inc. to perform a comprehensive availability and disparity study. The purpose was to find out whether statistical and anecdotal evidence showed inequities had occurred in ODOT contracting and subcontracting in Oregon, and if so, for which groups.

Availability Sudy Update 2013

View the Final Report

Disparity and Availability Study Update 2011

View the Disparity Study Update

Overview
Final Report Presentation
Final Report

View ODOT's response to the report

Disparity and Availability Study 2007

View Disparity Study 2007 Final Report
View ODOT's response to the report

Contents

 Mission Statement
 Program Objectives
 Program Plan
 Program Waiver
 Annual Goal
 FHWA DBE Program Training
 Small Business Resources Study
 Disparity and Availability Study
 ARRA Review
 What is a DBE?
 Program Certification
 Compliance
 Resource Links
 DBE Forms
 Awards/Commitments and Payments
 Frequently Asked Questions