Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

The Greene County Transit Board (GCTB) encourages the participation of disadvantaged business enterprises in the contracts and programs funded by FTA. It is the policy of the U.S. Department of Transportation that DBE’s can compete on a level playing field for performance of contracts financed in whole or in part with federal funds.

The GCTB will ensure all contractors providing goods, services, or performing construction will take positive steps toward the utilization of disadvantaged business enterprises, to the maximum extent possible.

GCTB’s overall goal, typically 2%, will be reviewed on a three (3) year basis. The overall goal will be divided into a specific percent to meet DBE race-conscious contract goals and a specific percent through race-neutral means. This goal is a percentage of Federal financial assistance that will be expended in DOT-assisted contracts awarded by the GCTB (but excluding the purchase of transportation vehicles, which is monitored directly by the FTA). This goal is calculated after reviewing GCTB’s past goal history, adjusting for availability of DBEs based on census data on businesses in Greene County, and the GCTB DBE Directory. Every employee assumes responsibility in varying degrees for compliance with this procedure, as identified below. The DBE Officer’s responsibility includes determining which procurements will have contract goals.

Procedure


DBEs are certified under the Unified Certification Program (UCP) by the Ohio Department of Transportation, as required by the Code of Federal Regulations(CFR) Title 49 Part 26. The State has developed a Unified Certification Program(UCP) to provide “one-stop shopping” for the DBE firms. An applicant is required to apply only once for a DBE certification within the state as long as an annual affidavit is submitted before the certification expiration. That certification will be honored by all agencies who receive federal transportation funding in the state and by other states that have a reciprocal UCP. An application may be obtained by contacting Ohio Department of Transportation, Office of Contracts-DBE Section, 1980 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43223, or by logging onto the following web address: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/CONTRACT/DBE.HTM by phone at 614-728-9598.

Solicitation Packages


For each solicitation package that contains a specific goal requirement, the forms described below are to be completed. Certified DBE firms must submit the Affidavit of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and a notarized letter attesting that their firm will be involved in the performance of the contract and the area or scope of work in which they will be involved. Bidders/proposers that do not qualify as a DBE nor can comply with the goal must follow the good faith effort procedures outlined in the bid/proposal package. Failure to submit these forms may render the firm non-responsive.
♦ Affidavit of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise: the DBE firm certifies they are a DBE and will be the contractor/subcontractor/supplier on this project.
♦ Affidavit of Intended Disadvantaged Business Enterprise: The contractor certifies that he/she is using a DBE subcontractor/supplier(s) and states the area or scope of work in which the DBE(s) will be used and the estimated dollar amount.

Pre-Bid/Pre-Proposal Conferences


Specific information relating to DBE requirements is addressed whenever prebid/proposal conferences are held.