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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
Frequently Asked Questions

ODOT Office of Civil Rights has developed a series of Frequently Asked Questions on the DBE program.

The DBE FAQs provide information on the following:
  • Program Background
  • Certification Eligibility
  • DBE Goals (Overall and Contract - general information)
  • DBE Goals on A&E Contracts
  • DBE Goals on Construction Contracts
  • Contract Administration: Monitoring DBE
  • Participation
  • DBE Networking, Outreach & Resources
Contractor Compliance & DBE Commercially Useful Function (CUF) FAQs
  • If a DBE fails a CUF review by ODOT does the firm become decertified as a DBE?
  • May bidders still commit work to DBEs rumored or known to be under investigation?
  • How does DBE decertification impact a prime contractor's ability to meet a contract goal?
  • If a DBE performs CUF-Compliant work on one project can I assume the DBE will meet CUF requirements on another project?
  • How are DBE Suppliers counted?
  • Can DBE suppliers be certified as "regular dealers" for work on all projects?
  • How do DBE suppliers meet "regular dealers" requirements?
  • What can prime contractors do to ensure CUF and DBE crediting requirements will be met on their projects?
  • Can DBE work be counted toward an assigned contract goal when the work is being performed by equipment being leased or purchased from the prime contractor?
  • What happens if a DBE fails to perform a CUF?
  • What happens if a prime contractor fails to meet DBE requirements?

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 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
 Resource Links
 DBE Forms
 Awards/Commitments and Payments
 Frequently Asked Questions