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Procurement Equity FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

​A disparity study examines whether there are differences between:

  • The percentage of dollars that person of color- (POC-), woman-, and service-disabled veteran- (SDV-) owned businesses received on an agency's prime contracts and subcontracts during a particular time period (utilization).
  • The percentage of dollars those businesses would be expected to receive based on their availability to perform on the agency's prime contracts and subcontracts (availability).

The comparison between the participation of POC-, woman-, and SDV-owned businesses in an agency's contracting and the availability of those businesses to perform that work is referred to as a disparity analysis. In addition to utilization, availability, and disparity analyses, disparity studies typically examine other quantitative and qualitative information about:

  • Legal considerations surrounding the implementation of POC, woman, and SDV-owned business programs.
  • Conditions in the marketplace for persons of color, women, veterans, and POC, woman, and veteran-owned businesses.
  • Contracting practices and business assistance programs the agency currently has in place.
  • Potential program measures the agency could consider using to better encourage the participation of POC, woman, and SDV-owned businesses in its work.

​The state wanted to assess whether POC, woman and SDV-owned businesses face any barriers as part of its contracting and procurement processes and what policies or programs it could use to better encourage those businesses in its work. In addition, the state wanted to establish a benchmark for the participation of POC, woman, and SDV-owned businesses based on the availability of those businesses for the specific types of contracts and procurements it awards.

​The disparity study examined construction, professional services, and non-professional services and goods contracts and procurements that state executive branch agencies awarded between July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022.

​Yes, the results are posted on our resources webpage.

​The Procurement Equity Team will soon start collecting supplier registration information. When that happens, we'll be able to provide any self-reported demographic information on suppliers.