Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

CITY OF DEKALB DBE GOAL: 1.46%

Federal Funding & Support


The Department of Transportation (DOT) has had in effect for more than 20 years a policy of helping small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, including minorities and women, in participating in contracting opportunities created by DOT financial assistance programs.

The department, through its operating administrations, distributes billions annually to help finance thousands of projects across the country. Approximately 85% of the assistance dollars is for construction. The major portion of the construction funds is allocated to state highway and transportation agencies for highway construction. The balance is provided to local public transit and airport authorities for mass transit and airport facilities.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Goals


Each DOT-assisted state and local transportation agency is required to establish narrowly-tailored Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) goals. Then these DOT-assisted agencies evaluate their DOT-assisted contracts throughout the year and establish contract specific DBE subcontracting goals where these goals are needed to ensure nondiscrimination in federally-assisted procurements.

The level of DBE subcontracting goals may vary from their approved DBE goal. At the end of the year, however, the amount of contract/subcontract awards to DBEs should be consistent with the overall goal.
  1. FY17-19 DBE Program [Under FTA Review]

    The City of DeKalb completed the update of its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program on August 1, 2016. This plan identifies how the DeKalb Sycamore Area Transportation Study (DSATS) and its member agencies plan to provide equal access to DBE registered to bid on federally funded transportation projects in the DeKalb Urbanized Area (UZA) in FY17-19.

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  2. FY14-16 DBE Program

    This plan identified how DSATS and its member agencies planned to provide equal access to DBEs registered to bid on federally funded transportation projects in the DeKalb Urbanized Area (UZA) in FY14-16.

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  3. FY13-15 DBE Program

    This plan identified how DSATS and its member agencies planned to provide equal access to DBEs registered to bid on federally funded transportation projects in the DeKalb Urbanized Area (UZA) in FY13-15.

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  4. FY12 DBE Plan

    This plan identified how DSATS and its member agencies planned to provide equal access to DBEs registered to bid on federally funded transportation projects in the DeKalb Urbanized Area (UZA) in FY12.

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  5. FY11 DBE Plan

    This plan identified how DSATS and its member agencies planned to provide equal access to DBEs registered to bid on federally funded transportation projects in the DeKalb Urbanized Area (UZA) in FY11.

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  6. FY10 DBE Plan

    This plan identified how DSATS and its member agencies planned to provide equal access to DBEs registered to bid on federally funded transportation projects in the DeKalb Urbanized Area (UZA) in FY10.

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  7. FY09 DBE Plan

    This plan identified how DSATS and its member agencies planned to provide equal access to DBEs registered to bid on federally funded transportation projects in the DeKalb Urbanized Area (UZA) in FY09.

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  8. Plan Updates

    Learn about the renewal period and public comment period for plan updates to the Disadvantage Business Enterprise Program.

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