The Federal Agency, the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) USDOT DBE Program, states that (US)DOT-assisted agencies evaluate their (US)DOT-assisted contracts throughout the year and establish contract specific DBE subcontracting goals where these goals are needed to ensure nondiscrimination in federally-assisted procurements. To comply with this directive, the Louisiana Department of Transportation’s Consultant Contract Services Section will be using the following procedure to review contracts that are being advertised for applicability of goals.
In order for small disadvantaged firms, including those owned by minorities and women, to participate in the DBE program they must apply for and receive certification as a DBE. The firms should contact the LADOTD Compliance Section if further information on certification is required. The website for the LADOTD Compliance Section is www.dotd.louisiana.gov/administration/compliance. A complete list of those firms registered as DBEs with their specialties can be found at www.dotd.louisiana.gov/cgi-bin/construction.asp. A list by work type can be found at www.dotd.louisiana.gov/lettings/subsdbed/dbhq20070530.asp
Contracts which are greater than or equal to $250,000 will be reviewed for goals. The work types with percentages will be identified by the project manager prior to the request being submitted to the Consultant Contract Services Section. The Compliance Section will gather the number of available DBE firms in the project area and the firms with specialties in the identified work categories to assist in setting the goal.
This information will be presented to the evaluation committee. The evaluation committee will be comprised of those positions listed below. They will discuss the projects, and set the goal for the contract. Once the goal is established, the Consultant Contract Services Section will advertise the project.
The following link can be accessed through the Department internet website:
DBE Evaluation Committee
Consultant Contract Engineer
Representative from the Compliance Section
Representative from Design / Project Manager
FHWA Area Engineer
Project Development Division Chief