Chapter 14: Small Business Programs

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Section 1: Program Overview

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General

The Civil Rights Division (CIV) is responsible for the oversight of the Department's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) programs. These programs have been developed to: expand diversity in the industry; to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts; to create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts; and to promote the use of DBEs in all types of federally-assisted contracts and procurement activities.

Responsibilities associated with these programs are outlined in Title 43, Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 9, Subchapters J-L.

Contact CIV at (512) 416-4700 for more information regarding these programs.

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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

The DBE Program [as authorized by Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 26] ensures nondiscrimination in the award and administration of United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) contracts. The Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is a legislatively mandated USDOT program that applies to Federal-aid highway dollars expended on federally-assisted contracts. The USDOT must approve the Department's DBE Program and its annual goals to ensure compliance with all Program requirements.

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Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program

The Department's SBE Program (as authorized by 43 TAC §9.300) offers small businesses another avenue to maximize their opportunities of doing business with TxDOT. The Program applies to highway improvement contracts that are funded entirely using state or local funds.

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Resources

Prime Contractors' Compliance Guide and DBE Contractors' Compliance Guide

DBE Program Compliance Guides are available to assist contractors in complying with the DBE special provisions.

District DBE Compliance and Monitoring Guide

District DBE Compliance and Monitoring Guide should be used by district construction staff that have oversight responsibilities specific to the DBE program as outlined in 49 CFR, Part 26. The guides contain procedures related to monitoring and enforcement to verify that the work committed to DBEs is actually performed by DBEs and that their payments are consistent with their approved contracts.

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Rules and Regulations

The following is a list of the DBE contract regulations and provisions with which contractors must comply.

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