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Disadvantaged & Small Business Enterprise Program

Diversity Program for Contracts

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District), as a recipient of federal financial assistance from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), is required to implement a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program for contracts in accordance with 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 26, which is incorporated herein by this reference.

The District is committed to a Diversity Program for Contracts for the participation of Disadvantaged and Small Business Enterprises in contracting opportunities in accordance with 49 CFR Part 26, revised as of October 2, 2014, as may be amended. The District's Diversity Program for Contracts includes the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Small Business Enterprise Program. To the extent that the Program’s policy, objectives and efforts involve race-neutral and gender-neutral methods, the Program will apply to all District contracts regardless of funding source.

If you have any questions or would like further information regarding the District's Diversity Program for Contracts, please contact Artemise Davenport, DBE Program Administrator, at 415-257-4581 or adavenport@goldengate.org.

Doing Business Guide

The District offers a Guide for Doing Business to assist and encourage all businesses to participate in District procurement activities. It is the District's goal to maximize open competition and to promote the participation of Disadvantaged and Small Business Enterprises in District procurement activities.


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

It is the policy of the District to ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, or sex in the award and performance of any U.S. DOT assisted contracts or in the administration of its DBE program or the requirements 49 CFR Part 26. It is the intention of the District to create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for contracts and subcontracts relating to the District’s construction, procurement and professional services activities.

Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Element

The District has established a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Element within its DBE Program as one of its race-neutral methods of achieving small business participation, including disadvantaged business participation, on particular contracts with subcontracting opportunities. This SBE element applies to all District Contracts and Professional Service Agreements, regardless of funding source, where race-neutral and gender-neutral methods are employed.

It is the policy of the District to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of all contracts and to create a level playing field on which SBEs can compete fairly for contracts and subcontracts relating to the District's construction, procurement, and professional services activities. A DBE is by definition considered to be a SBE and are covered in all references to SBEs.

Small Business Enterprise Element

Policy Statement on Diversity Program for Contracts

Diversity Compliance Management System (DCMS)

The District is pleased to announce a NEW Diversity Compliance Management System (DCMS). DCMS is designed to streamline and automate vendor-reporting requirements, facilitate 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 26 compliance reporting and track contract-specific goals established through the District’s Diversity Program for Contracts. This new system represents a significant technological advancement and replaces the paper-based process of reporting prompt payments to subcontractors/subconsultants and suppliers.

DCMS is accessible to all prime contractors and subcontractors, and includes the following key features:

  • Online submission of contractors’ utilization reports
  • Automated tracking of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) contract goals, and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) participation
  • Automated email communications with contractors regarding compliance
  • Online verification of subcontractor payments
  • Maintain accurate vendor contact information

To learn more about this new system, please visit our portal at http://ggbhtd.diversitycompliance.com  and take the “Introduction to the System – Vendor Training” or “Contract Compliance Reporting – Vendor Training.” For questions, please contact Artemise Davenport, DBE Program Administrator, at 415-257-4581 or adavenport@goldengate.org

Notice of Proposed Overall DBE Goal for Federal Fiscal Years 2019/2020 through 2021/2022

The District Board of Directors announces a proposed 3.2% overall goal for the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises for Federal Transit Administration (FTA)-assisted contracts.

Notice of Proposed Overall DBE Goal for FFY 2020-2022 Overall DBE Goal Methodology for FFY 2019/2020 through FFY 2021/2022 FTA Concurrence Letter DBE Goal FFY 2020/2022 Overall DBE Goal for FFY 2020-2022 Comment Card

Past DBE Goal Methodology

The District Board of Directors proposes an overall goal for the participation of DBEs in contracting opportunities that are budgeted to receive federal financial assistance.

DBE Goal for FFY 2016/2017 through FFY 2018/2019 DBE Goal Methodology for FFY 2016/2017 through FFY 2018/2019

Application for DBE Certification

The California Unified Certification Program (CUCP) for DBEs is charged with the responsibility of compiling and maintaining the Database of certified DBEs for U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) grantees in California. This database is intended to expand the use of DBE firms by maintaining complete and current information on those businesses and the products and services they can provide to all grantees of California.

The CUCP certifying agencies are responsible for certifying DBE firms. It is not necessary to apply for DBE certification at more than one agency. If your firm meets the General Criteria for DBE certification as provided on the Application Package, please submit your completed application, along with the requested documentation, to one of the certifying agencies. Please note: The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is not a certifying agency.

CUCP Application Package

CUCP DBE Database

The DBE Database contains up-to-date information on certified DBE firms and can be used to find certified DBE firms for solicitation to meet DBE goal and contracting requirements. The entire database can be downloaded or exported. To find a certified DBE firm, visit https://ucp.dot.ca.gov/licenseForm.htm.

CUCP Website

The CUCP provides "one-stop shopping" certification services to small, minority and women business seeking to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation DBE Program. Visit the CUCP website at http://www.californiaucp.com/.

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