Only the value of work actually performed by the DBE is
counted toward DBE goals. No credit toward the DBE goal is given for shipping,
manufacturing, and supply costs. Neither will any credit be given if contracts
are created to artificially create DBE participation – any DBE subconsultants
must perform a commercially useful function.
Also, if a DBE subcontracts part of its work to another
firm, the value of the subcontracted work only counts toward the DBE goal if
the subcontracted firm is itself a DBE. Work subcontracted to a non-DBE does
not count toward the DBE goal.
When counting DBE participation, the DBE must be certified
in the category of work it performs in order for that work to count towards DBE
participation. Further, only the value of work actually performed by the DBE
counts toward DBE participation, and it is only counted after the work has been
Prime consultants count on their subconsultants to
maintain DBE certification and have the proper licenses and certification for
the type of work you are to perform. If, for any reason, you fail to obtain or
maintain proper licensing and certification, it is critical that you inform the
prime consultant immediately.
If you, as a DBE subconsultant, are deemed ineligible
(decertified) or suspended by ADOT, you may not be considered to meet a contract
goal on a new contract. However, you may still be considered to meet the
contract goal under a subcontract that was executed before the suspension or
decertification became effective.