DBE Encouraged

The Federal DBE Program helps small, disadvantaged business enterprises compete for U.S. Department of Transportation-funded transportation projects. ADOT and local cities, counties and transportation agencies administer the Federal DBE Program in Arizona.

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is a program of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) designed to

  • Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of USDOT-assisted contracts.
  • Remedy past and current discrimination against disadvantaged business enterprises.
  • Create a "level playing field" in which those firms can compete fairly for USDOT-funded contracts.

Federal regulations (Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 26) provide the requirements for how state and local governments implement the Federal DBE Program.

The federal government requires state and local agencies to implement the Federal DBE Program if they receive USDOT funds for transportation projects, including those funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Much of the federal funding for ADOT transportation projects comes through FHWA.

Goals for DBE participation on individual federally funded contracts are one element of the Federal DBE Program. ADOT currently sets DBE goals on certain FHWA-funded planning, engineering design, construction and procurement contracts. FTA and FAA contracts do not have specific goals, but DBE utilization on these contracts is encouraged.