DBE PROGRAM

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program maintains the commitment to ensuring that DBEs have the opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts and subcontracts financed in whole or in part with Federal funds. In addition, the Department is committed to ensuring that Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women Business Enterprises (WBE) are afforded the opportunity to particpate in the performance of contracts and subcontracts financed with 100 percent State Funds.

DBE PROGRAM RESPONSIBLIITES INCLUDE:
  • Direct and monitor the department's DBE Supportive Services Program.
  • Provide on-site project related guidance and support to DBEs in scheduling work, interpreting specifications, and resolving disputes with prime contractors.
  • Review and approve DBE Certification and Recertification applications in accordance with Federal Regulations.
  • Maintain a Directory of certified DBEs, MBEs, and WBEs.
  • Monitor department contracts to ensure DBE, MBE, and WBE participation.
  • Review contractors' Good Faith Efforts with regard to DBE, MBE and WBE participation.

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DBE POLICY STATEMENT

The Department of Transportation is firmly committed to ensuring that businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals (minorities/women) are afforded the opportunity to participate in contracts and subcontracts awarded by the department.

DBE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES CENTER

The Center, located at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, provides services that will enable DBEs to acquire the proficiency, expertise, and experience necessary to compete, on an equal basis, with non-DBEs for federally assisted PennDOT highway contracts and subcontracts.

DBE METHODOLOGY AND GOAL

The department annually updates its Methodology and Goal for Participation by DBEs in Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Transit Administration funded projects.