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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.

ODOT Disparity Study 2016 - Currently Underway

The Oregon Department of Transportation 2016 Disparity Study is analyzing whether there is a level playing field for minority- and women-owned firms in the Oregon transportation contracting industry and in its own contracts. This information will help ODOT operate the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program for its federally-funded contracts. ODOT’s last disparity study was conducted in 2011. Keen Independent Research is leading the disparity

For More Information Visit: www.odotdbestudy.org

Availability Study Update 2013

View the Final Report

Disparity and Availability Study Update 2011

View the Disparity Study Update

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


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 Annual Goal
 FHWA DBE Program Training
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 Disparity and Availability Study
 ARRA Review
 What is a DBE?
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