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 Artemisé Davenport, DBE Program Administrator, at 415-257-4581 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diversity Program for Contracts
Policy Statement on Diversity Program for Contracts
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.
Doing Business Guide
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 C.F.R. 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)
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 an SBE and is covered in all references to SBEs.
Small Business Enterprise Element
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 Artemisé Davenport, DBE Program Administrator, at 415-257-4581 or email@example.com.
Notice of Proposed Overall DBE Goal for Federal Fiscal Years 2022/2023 through 2024/2025
The District's Board of Directors announces a proposed 1.4% overall goal for the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises for Federal Transit Administration (FTA)-assisted contracts only, (excluding transit vehicle purchases) spanning over the next three federal fiscal years beginning October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2025. Stakeholders may view the District's DBE Goal Methodology and provide comments by June 23, 2022.
Notice of Proposed Overall DBE Goal for FFY 2023-2025
Overall DBE Goal Methodology for FFY 2022/2023 through FFY 2024/2025
Overall DBE Goal for FFY 2023-2025 Comment Form
Past DBE Goal Methodology
The District's 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 Methodology for FFY 2019/2020 through FFY 2021/2022
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.
For additional DBE Certification information and forms, visit https://dot.ca.gov/programs/civil-rights/dbe-certification-information.
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://caltrans.dbesystem.com/.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) maintains the CUCP website that provides "one-stop shopping" certification services to small, minority, and women businesses seeking to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation DBE Program. Visit the Caltrans website at https://dot.ca.gov/programs/civil-rights. Currently, a dual search is required to ensure a thorough search with the most accurate information regarding DBE certified firms in the CUCP database is provided. In conjunction with the CUCP DBE Directory, please conduct a search using the new B2Gnow CUCP DBE Directory at https://caltrans.dbesystem.com/.