Washington State Department of Transportation – NEWS
Headquarters – 310 Maple Park Avenue SE – Olympia, WA 98504-7314 – 360 705-7000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Nina Jones, Office of Equal Opportunity, 360-947-6788
Proposed interim overall triennium goal methodology for under-represented firms
WSDOT to host virtual public meetings and teleconferences July 25 and August 1
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Transportation is proposing an interim overall triennium goal methodology, for disadvantaged business participation, on all federally funded projects and is accepting written comments on the proposals through Tuesday, August 15.
The proposed interim goal methodologies are available at:
Please note that the overall triennium goal set forth in this methodology, which remains 19%, will continue until the completion of our current disparity study estimated to be completed in Fall of 2023. The goal is for Federal Fiscal Years 2024-2026.
A new methodology will be drafted, vetted and WSDOT will revise the current triennium goal and once again allow opportunity for public comment.
The purpose of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program is to create a level playing field for firms owned and operated by disadvantaged individuals wanting to participate in federally assisted highway, transit, and aviation programs. To qualify as a DBE, a firm must be a for-profit business that is at least 51 percent owned by an individual or individuals who are women, part of a federally recognized racial minority group, or otherwise socially and economically disadvantaged. Qualifying firms must be certified by the Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises to participate in the DBE program.
WSDOT is inviting contractors, labor and trade organizations, small and disadvantaged businesses, and others interested in working with the agency to attend one of its upcoming informational meetings regarding the proposed goal methodology.
WSDOT has scheduled two public meetings to take comments, both from 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25 and Tuesday, August 1. These meetings will be held in person and via teleconference. Individuals interested in attending need to register in advance by emailing Nina Jones at email@example.com.
Details about how to participate will be provided upon registering.
Comments on the proposed interim methodology will be accepted until 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, and can be mailed to:
Business Diversity and Inclusion Manager
WSDOT, Office of Equity and Civil Rights
P.O. Box 47314
Olympia, WA 98504-7314
Or submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
Accommodation requests for people with disabilities can be made by contacting the WSDOT Diversity/ADA Affairs team at email@example.com or by calling toll-free, 855-362-4ADA (4232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.
Title VI Statement to Public: It is WSDOT’s policy to assure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under any of its federally funded programs and activities. Any person who believes his or her Title VI protection has been violated may file a complaint with WSDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity. For additional information regarding Title VI complaint procedures and/or information regarding our non-discrimination obligations, please contact OEO’s Title VI Coordinator at 360-705-7090.