ADOT SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT on its overall BE Goals for federally funded contracts
and its 2022 DBE Availability Study
Proposed DBE Goals (FHWA, FTA, FAA)
ADOT has developed new overall proposed DBE goals for the U.S. Department of Transportation (FHWA, FTA and FAA) funded contracts and is seeking public input.
FHWA-funded contracts - ADOT is proposing an overall DBE goal for Federal Highway Administration funded contracts of 12.55% (for federal fiscal year 2024 through 2026), which updates its current goal of 12.89%. In recent years, ADOT has achieved DBE participation very close to this goal.
Based on relative availability of DBEs for these contracts and other factors, ADOT projects that it will not be able to achieve all of this goal solely through race-and gender-neutral means (ADOT small business programs and other efforts) and that a portion will need to be achieved through continued use of DBE contract goals. A new overall DBE goal must go into effect on Oct. 1, 2023.
FAA-funded contracts - ADOT is proposing an overall DBE goal for Federal Aviation Administration funded contracts of 9.72% (for federal fiscal years 2025 through 2027), which updates its current goal of 10.69%. ADOT proposes to continue to meet all of this overall DBE goal through race- and gender-neutral means and does not plan to use DBE contract goals for these contracts. A new overall DBE goal must go into effect on Oct. 1, 2024.
FTA-funded contracts - ADOT is proposing an overall DBE goal for Federal Transit Administration funded contracts of 9.85% (for federal fiscal years 2025 through 2027), which updates its current goal of 14.51%. ADOT proposes to continue to meet all of this overall DBE goal through race- and gender-neutral means and does not plan to use DBE contract goals for any of these contracts. A new overall DBE goal must go into effect on Oct. 1, 2024.
How to Get Involved/Provide Public comments
ADOT is seeking comments on its proposed overall DBE goals and the recently completed draft 2022 Availability Study Report that provides information regarding these goals. The public is encouraged to comment on the size of the proposed overall DBE goals, the methodology used to develop the goals, the results of the 2022 Availability Study, as well as suggestions on how to improve contracting opportunities for DBEs and other small businesses, including what ADOT and the industry can do to enhance support of the Federal DBE Program.
The public comment period opens Nov. 15 and runs through Dec. 30, 2022. As part of the comment period, ADOT will be holding virtual public meetings on the following dates:
Nov. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. Zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/ADOTNov30(link is external)
Dec. 1, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/ADOTDec1(link is external)
At any time during the public comment period, comments can also be provided in the following ways:
Verbal testimony: At public meetings listed above.
Email: ADOTAvailabilityStudy2022@keenindependent.com(link is external)
Mail: Attention: ADOT Business Engagement and Compliance, 1801 W. Jefferson Ave., MD 154A, Phoenix, AZ 85007.
The public comment period will close on Dec. 30, 2022. All public comments will be reviewed before ADOT submits final DBE goal requests to FHWA, FTA and FAA. To learn more about the 2022 ADOT Availability Study, please call Gabe Demarbiex, Contract Compliance and Training Officer at ADOT, 602-712-7126 or firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail).