The Arizona Department of Transportation Disparity Study is analyzing whether there is a level playing field for minority- and women-owned firms when competing for transportation work in Arizona. The study team, led by Keen Independent Research, is assessing what ADOT might do to increase contract opportunities for minority- and women-owned firms and other small businesses. ADOT will also use results to set new overall goals for participation of disadvantage business enterprises (DBEs) in its federally-funded contracts.
Developing New Overall Goals for DBE Participation
Every three years, ADOT analyzes the availability of DBEs and other firms to perform its contracts.
The DBE Disparity Study will provide information for ADOT to adopt new overall DBE goals in 2020. ADOT currently has an overall goal of 9.55% for dollars of Federal Highway Administration-funded contracts going to DBEs.
The study team began work in February 2019. By March 2020, Keen Independent will publish a draft
report for public review. ADOT will also distribute its proposed overall DBE goals at that time.
The study team and ADOT will consider comments prior to preparing a final report and final DBE goals in May 2020. After Federal Highway Administration review, the new overall goal for FHWA-
funded contracts will go into effect starting October 1, 2020.