2022 DBE Availability Study

Proposed DBE Goals (FHWA, FTA, FAA)

ADOT has developed new overall proposed DBE goals for the U.S. Department of Transportation (FHWA, FTA and FAA) funded contracts and is seeking public input.

FHWA-funded contracts - ADOT is proposing an overall DBE goal for Federal Highway Administration funded contracts of 12.55% (for federal fiscal year 2024 through 2026), which updates its current goal of 12.89%. In recent years, ADOT has achieved DBE participation very close to this goal.

Based on relative availability of DBEs for these contracts and other factors, ADOT projects that it will not be able to achieve all of this goal solely through race-and gender-neutral means (ADOT small business programs and other efforts) and that a portion will need to be achieved through continued use of DBE contract goals. A new overall DBE goal must go into effect on Oct. 1, 2023.

FHWA Goal Methodology

FAA-funded contracts - ADOT is proposing an overall DBE goal for Federal Aviation Administration funded contracts of 9.72% (for federal fiscal years 2025 through 2027), which updates its current goal of 10.69%. ADOT proposes to continue to meet all of this overall DBE goal through race- and gender-neutral means and does not plan to use DBE contract goals for these contracts. A new overall DBE goal must go into effect on Oct. 1, 2024.

FTA Goal Methodology

FTA-funded contracts - ADOT is proposing an overall DBE goal for Federal Transit Administration funded contracts of 9.85% (for federal fiscal years 2025 through 2027), which updates its current goal of 14.51%. ADOT proposes to continue to meet all of this overall DBE goal through race- and gender-neutral means and does not plan to use DBE contract goals for any of these contracts. A new overall DBE goal must go into effect on Oct. 1, 2024.

FAA Goal Methodology

How to Get Involved/Provide Public comments

ADOT is seeking comments on its proposed overall DBE goals and the recently completed draft 2022 Availability Study Report that provides information regarding these goals. The public is encouraged to comment on the size of the proposed overall DBE goals, the methodology used to develop the goals, the results of the 2022 Availability Study, as well as suggestions on how to improve contracting opportunities for DBEs and other small businesses, including what ADOT and the industry can do to enhance support of the Federal DBE Program.

The public comment period opens Nov. 15 and runs through Dec. 30, 2022. As part of the comment period, ADOT will be holding virtual public meetings on the following dates:

At any time during the public comment period, comments can also be provided in the following ways:

  • Verbal testimony: At public meetings listed above.
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Mail: Attention: ADOT Business Engagement and Compliance, 1801 W. Jefferson Ave., MD 154A, Phoenix, AZ 85007.
  • Fax: 602.712.8429

The public comment period will close on Dec. 30, 2022. All public comments will be reviewed before ADOT submits final DBE goal requests to FHWA, FTA and FAA. To learn more about the 2022 ADOT Availability Study, please call Gabe Demarbiex, Contract Compliance and Training Officer at ADOT, 602-712-7126 or [email protected].

2022 Availability Study Documents

Title VI Accommodations

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Persons who require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact Blanca Monter at [email protected]. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA) en inglés) y otras leyes y reglamentos contra la discriminación, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por idioma o discapacidad debe comunicarse con Blanca Monter al [email protected]. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.

DBE Availability Study

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) commissioned Keen Independent Research in May 2022 to conduct an availability study to determine the availability of women-and minority-owned companies to participate in ADOT work. Information from the study will help ADOT evaluate and refine their efforts to encourage the participation of minority-and women-owned businesses in their contracts and help inform any adjustments that ADOT might make to its implementation of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. 

Every three years, ADOT must set an overall annual goal for DBE participation in its federally funded contracts. The study results will provide information for ADOT to adopt new overall DBE goals in 2023.

The study team will contact businesses by phone in the Summer of 2022 to collect information about their availability for different types of ADOT and local agency projects. Customer Research International will conduct these telephone surveys.

Project Initiation

ADOT and Keen Independent Research kicked off the availability study in May 2022 with a series of meetings with various ADOT departments and representatives. Keen Independent Research met with ADOT to introduce the study; answer questions; and begin the process of understanding contracting and vendor data that state agencies maintain.  .

Study Team

Keen Independent is a national economic consulting firm. David Keen and Annette Humm Keen are leading this assignment. Mr. Keen has led more than 100 availability and disparity studies including the previous ADOT Disparity Study in 2020 and the availability study in 2016.

The study team includes Holland & Knight, Customer Research International and Gordley Group in Tucson.

Study Schedule

Keen Independent Research initiated the availability study in May 2022 and will complete the study at the end of Nov. 2022. Once the draft Availability Study and ADOT’s proposed DBE goal are prepared in Nov. 2022, ADOT will release them for public review and comment. Two public meetings regarding the proposed goal will be held late Nov. 2022, and early Dec.2022, with a public comment period open through Dec. 30, 2022