The Vendor Management Division is responsible for the development, implementation, coordination, and monitoring of all Disadvantaged, Minority, and Women Business Enterprises (D/M/WBEs) and Outreach Programs. This division develops, manages, and implements processes for ensuring that D/M/WBEs are aware of and educated on the procedures for competing and bidding for purchases and contracts at DART.
The primary goal of the agency's Minority and Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program, in existence since 1987, is to promote equality of economic opportunities for Minority and Women-owned businesses and to eliminate barriers to their participation in DART’s publicly funded transit projects. The M/WBE Program has been developed in accordance with DART's Board Policy and applicable state regulations and is under the supervision of the Assistant Vice President of Vendor Management. DART has established an annual M/WBE goal for FY 2023, at 34% participation.
In 1999, the Department of Transportation (DOT) mandated that each state implement "one stop shopping," a certification process for DBEs that would eliminate the requirement of having to acquire certifications from multiple jurisdictions if a company wanted to compete for business with more than one entity that received DOT funding in their home state. Six certifying agencies within Texas, each with regional responsibilities, have agreed to perform certifications within Texas. On October 1, 2002, the TUCP will officially begin in Texas. All DBEs will be listed on a state-wide DBE Directory, published by TX DOT (internet) and updated monthly. Any contractor will be able to access the listing, which will include the name of the DBE, contact numbers, NAICS Codes and the regions of the state in which the company is willing to work.
Absolutely not. No contractor is prohibited from bidding on a DART contract.
However, it is DART policy to ensure that DMWBEs have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in its procurement activities.
Any individual who is a citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States and who is:
For any additional groups whose members are designated as socially and economically disadvantaged by the SBA at such time, the SBA designation becomes effective.
The NCTRCA performs certification services for interested firms. To be certified, the firm seeking certification has the burden of demonstrating, by a preponderance of evidence, that it meets the requirements of the standards concerning group membership or individual disadvantage, business size, as well as ownership and control of the applicable business.
A bidder is required to make "good faith efforts" when the firm determines that it can't meet the stated DMWBE goal. The types of actions considered as part of a bidder's "good faith efforts" include, but are not limited to the following:
The Vendor Management Division establishes contract-specific goals based, to a great extent, on the availability of the DMWBEs that can perform the different types of work (NAICS codes) listed on the Statement of Work. Vendor Management also considers any specific areas that may be highly specialized or sole source materials that may not be conducive to subcontracting. This process ensures that contract-specific goals are realistic and attainable. It should also be noted that a contract goal is not mandatory and could be waived, in part or whole, if the contractor can demonstrate they acted in Good Faith to meet an established goal. The Assistant Vice President of Vendor Management determines the legitimacy of a "Good Faith Effort" submission.
The NCTRCA (North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency) is the agency DART utilizes to provide certification and other related services for prospective DMWBEs. It was formally incorporated in 1992 to provide more efficient regional DMWBE certification. Currently serving 17 member entities, DART is one of the original members of the NCTRCA. All DMWBE certifications are conducted for DART by the NCTRCA.
DART receives federal as well as local funding, therefore it is necessary to have both DBE goals (federally funded projects) and MWBE goals (locally funded projects), since a MWBE would not necessarily be qualified to compete as a DBE (see definitions above).
A Minority or Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) is a for-profit, small business concern, that has either been certified by the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA), or whose certification by another certification agency is recognized by the NCTRCA. Additionally, the firm must be at least 51% owned, controlled and directed by one or more individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged, or in the case of a corporation, 51% of the stock must be owned by one or more such individuals, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged owners.
A Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) is a for-profit, small businesses concern that meets all of the above-mentioned criteria, and whose owner's or owners' individual net worth is not more than $1.32 million, and whose average gross receipts have not exceeded $22.51 million for the past three fiscal years.
The DMWBE Program has been developed in accordance with DART Board Policy and applicable federal and state regulations. As a grant recipient of federal funds, DART's DBE Program fully complies with United States Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.
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