Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs)


DPW's DBE Program seeks to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of Federally Funded contracts in the Department's highway, transit, and airport programs and to create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for contracts. The Department's DBE Liaison Officer is responsible for the oversight of the DBE program and ensuring compliance with DOT's DBE regulations found at 49 CFR Part 26.


Federal Highway Administration

Local agencies in California who administer projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration must follow the Caltrans DBE program. Caltrans requires local agencies to complete and submit Exhibit 9-A, "DBE Implementation Agreement for Local Agencies", and, prior to the beginning of each Federal Fiscal Year, submit Exhibit 9-B, "Local Agency DBE Annual Submittal Form."

DBE (FFY 16-17) - Exhibit 9-B Approved.pdf

Additional Information
Caltrans Office of Business & Economic Opportunity: http://www.dot.ca.gov/obeo/index.html

Department of Transportation

Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 26 addresses the participation of Disadvantages Business Enterprises (DBEs) in DOT Financial Assistance Programs by doing the following:

  1. Ensuring nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts for highway, transit, and airport financial assistance programs
  2. Creating a level playing field for DBEs to be able to compete fairly for contacts
  3. Ensuring that the Department's DBE program is tailored according to applicable law
  4. Ensuring that only DBE firms that fully meet the defined eligibility standards are permitted to participate
  5. Helping remove barriers for DBE participation in DOT-assisted contracts
  6. Promoting the use of DBEs in all types of federally assisted contracts and procurement activities
  7. Assisting the development of firms that can compete successfully outside of the DBE program
  8. Providing appropriate flexibility, in creating and providing opportunities for DBE's, for those receiving federal financial assistance