DBE and SBE Outreach

Business Outreach Committee
WETA is a member of the Business Outreach Committee (BOC). The BOC is a consortium of Bay Area transit agencies that assists small disadvantaged and local firms in doing business with Bay Area transportation agencies. It publishes a newsletter and holds frequent networking events and buyers forums.

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Upcoming Contracting Opportunities
WETA's upcoming contracting opportunities are listed in the Business Outreach Committee's Quarterly newsletter. Download the Summer 2019 BOC Newsletter (PDF)

Outreach Events
The Business Outreach Committee (BOC) presents a DBE Certification Workshop on July 25, 2019. This workshop is to encourage Small, Minority and Women-Owned businesses to become certified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms. DBE certification can provide you access to federally-funded projects. For more information and to RSVP please download the flyer (PDF).

If you have any questions or would like further information regarding WETA's DBE or SBE Program, please contact Lauren Gularte, DBE Program Administrator, at 415-364-3188 or gularte@watertransit.org.

WETA Draft Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal
for Federal Fiscal Years 2020-2022

WETA is a recipient of federal financial assistance from the Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) and the Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) of the U.S. DOT, and is required to implement a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program in accordance with 49 CFR Part 26, including setting a triennial goal for the inclusion of DBEs in WETA’s federal contracting activities.

WETA has developed a 0.24% DBE goal, with a 100% race neutral and 0% race conscious split, applicable to Federal Fiscal Years 2020, 2021, and 2022 contracting opportunities assisted by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in accordance with revisions to 49 CFR Part 26.

The goal is applicable to a total of $14,708,683 of FTA dollars that are budgeted for 26 projects with contracts anticipated to be awarded from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2022. WETA will periodically evaluate the goal and the award of federally assisted contracts to determine whether the present goal continues to be realistic or whether mid-course adjustments will be necessary. The DBE goal developed for FTA-assisted contracts identify the relative availability of DBEs, based on evidence of ready, willing and able DBEs in relationship to all comparable businesses that are likely to be available to compete for WETA’s FTA-assisted contracts. The three-year overall goal reflects WETA’s determination of the level of DBE participation that would be expected absent the effects of discrimination.

Goals for inclusion of DBEs in WETA’s federally assisted vessel construction contracts are captured in separate project specific DBE goals prepared by WETA, or through a Transit Vehicle Manufacturer (TVM) certified shipyard’s DBE program.

The type of contracts included in WETA’s FFY 20-22 overall goal consist of 22 vessel engine overhaul projects, 1 vessel refurbishment project, 2 terminal rehabilitation projects and 1 dredging project. The table below breaks these contracts down by type and notes the percentage of federal funds expected to be used during FFY 20-22 on these categories.

Contract Type

FTA Dollars

Percentage of
Total FTA Dollars
FFY20-22

Vessel Engine Overhaul

$5,754,731

39.1%

Vessel Refurbishment

$2,404,280

16.3%

Terminal Rehabilitation

$4,325,200

29.4%

Dredging

$2,224,472

15.1%

Total

$14,708,683

100%

 

The following report provides a step by step overview of WETA’s determination of its FFY 20-22 DBE goal which was developed in accordance with 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 26, issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT).

Read the entire FFY20-22 DBE Goal Analysis Report: Federal Fiscal Years 2020 Through 2022 Draft Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal Analysis Report for Contracts Assisted by the Federal Transit Administration (PDF, 47 pp, 1.3 MB)

WETA's DBE Program requires the establishment of an Overall Small Business Enterprise (SBE) goal for each triennial period. Using the same methodology employed in developing WETA’s Overall DBE Goal, WETA has developed a 7.5% SBE goal applicable to FFY20-22 contracting opportunities assisted by FTA. Read the entire FFY20-22 SBE Goal Analysis Report (PDF, 10 pp, 372 KB).

Review the presentation from the Business Outreach Committee’s April 2, 2019 Public Participation Meeting discussing how agency’s set their overall triennial DBE Goal: DBE Program Triennial Goal Methodology, April 2, 2019 (PDF, 18 pp, 688 KB)

See Business Outreach Committee members' DBE goals and achievements for the last 3 federal fiscal years (PDF, 1 p, 42 KB)

For any questions or comments relative to this matter, please contact WETA’s Program Manager/Analyst, Lauren Gularte at gularte@watertransit.org or at 415-364-3188.

DBE and SBE Information

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
WETA is a recipient of federal financial assistance from the Federal Transit Administration ("FTA") and the Federal Highway Administration ("FHWA") of the U.S. DOT and is required to implement a DBE Program in accordance with 49 CFR Part 26.

The purpose of WETA's DBE Program is to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of federally funded contracts and to create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for federally funded contracts.

A DBE is a certified, for-profit small business concern (1) that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged, or, in the case of a corporation, where 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals; and (2) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own it.

FFY 17-19 DBE Goal
In accordance with 49 CFR Part 26, WETA has established a 1.78% DBE goal applicable to $26,691,568 of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) dollars that are budgeted for 17 contracts anticipated to be awarded from October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2019. For further information read the entire FFY17-19 DBE Goal Analysis Report (PDF).

WETA's Diversity Program for Contracts (PDF)
WETA's DBE Policy Statement (PDF)
FTA's DBE Regulations 49 CFR Part 26 (external link)

Small Business Enterprise Element (SBE)
WETA has established a Small Business Enterprise element (SBE Program) as one of its race-neutral methods of achieving small business participation, including disadvantaged business participation, on particular contracts with subcontracting opportunities. This SBE element applies to all federally funded WETA contracts where race-neutral and gender-neutral methods are employed. WETA will take all reasonable steps to eliminate obstacles for SBEs to participate as prime contractors or subcontractors in the WETA's procurement activities. DBEs are by definition considered to be SBEs and are covered in all references to SBEs.

FFY17-19 SBE Goal
WETA's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program requires the establishment of an overall Small Business Enterprise (SBE) goal for each triennial DBE goal period using the same methodology as the DBE overall goal. WETA has developed a 5.04% SBE goal applicable to $26,691,568 of FTA dollars that are budgeted for 17 contracts anticipated to be awarded from October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2019. For further information read the entire FFY17-19 SBE Goal Analysis Report (PDF).

WETA SBE Program (PDF)

How to Find DBEs?
WETA only accepts DBE firms certified through the California Unified Certification Program (CUCP). DBEs must be certified with the CUCP upon contract award. The CUCP DBE database contains up-to-date information on certified DBE firms and can be used to find certified DBE firms for solicitation to meet DBE goal and contracting requirements. This database is intended to expand the use of DBE firms by maintaining complete and current information on those businesses and the products and services they can provide. The entire database can be downloaded or exported. To find a certified DBE firm, visit www.dot.ca.gov.

How to Become a DBE?
The CUCP is charged with overseeing DBE certification activities performed by the various certifying agencies. CUCP certifying agencies are responsible for certifying DBE firms. It is not necessary to apply for DBE certification at more than one agency. Please note: the Water Emergency Transportation Authority is not a certifying agency.

The application to become a newly certified DBE can take up to 90 days. For more information on becoming a DBE and to download the application, please visit www.dot.ca.gov.

Current DBE firms that are located outside of California must go through an interstate certification process with the CUCP. There is an expedited application for interstate DBE certification, however, this process can still take 30-60 days. For more information please see the CUCP Out of State DBE Application (PDF).

California Unified Certification Program (CUCP)
The CUCP provides "one-stop shopping" certification services to small, minority and women business seeking to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation DBE Program. Visit the CUCP website.

If you have any questions or would like further information regarding WETA's DBE or SBE Program, please contact Lauren Gularte, DBE Program Administrator, at 415-364-3188 or gularte@watertransit.org.