Business Engagement and Compliance

DBE Disparity Study

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is conducting a disparity study to improve its implementation of the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program.

The Federal DBE Program helps small, disadvantaged business enterprises compete for U.S. Department of Transportation-funded transportation projects. ADOT and local cities, counties and transportation agencies administer the Federal DBE Program in Arizona.

Keen Independent Research LLC (Keen Independent) is conducting a disparity study for ADOT that examines whether there are barriers for minority- and women-owned firms and other small firms in the Arizona transportation contracting industry, including ADOT contracting opportunities. The study will begin in February 2014 and is expected to be completed in late summer 2015.

The study will help ADOT to

  • set a DBE goal for participation in its federally funded contracts for the next three years.
  • improve ADOT's administration of the program.

ADOT has incorporated extensive opportunities for public comment and input throughout the study, including distribution of a draft report for public comment before the final version is submitted.

ADOT and Keen Independent have also developed easy ways to communicate with the study team about the project, including

  • a dedicated Web page for businesses, stakeholders and the public to submit comments.
  • an email address for any comments or questions:

Any interested individuals and groups can also directly contact ADOT's Business Engagement and Compliance Office (BECO) at 602.712.7761 or