2014 Availability Study Complete
The 2014 Availability Study that examined the overall DBE goal for FHWA-funded contracts is complete. Keen Independent compiled data about availability of DBEs and other firms through interviews with more than 4,200 businesses in Arizona. Only businesses reporting their qualifications and interest in ADOT and local agency transportation-related prime contracts and subcontracts were included in the final analyses. Keen Independent also collected detailed information about prime contracts and subcontracts for more than 1,300 FHWA-funded contracts from July 2007 through June 2013.
The overall goal incorporates availability of currently certified DBEs and potential DBEs, including noncertified minority- and women-owned firms that appear that they could be DBE-certified. The 9.38-percent overall DBE goal reflects a downward adjustment from current availability results (14.61 percent) based on factors included in USDOT guidance. (The full Availability Study contains detailed information about these data, analytical methods and potential adjustment factors.)
The Availability Study was released for public comment on Aug. 4, 2014. A summary of comments is included as an appendix. The report can be found here.