The Business Engagement and Compliance Office (BECO) is responsible for ensuring that ADOT, its subrecipients, contractors and consultants achieve full compliance with all applicable federal regulations related to disadvantaged and small business inclusion, equal and fair employment opportunity in contracting and on-the-job training for women and minorities in the construction trades by facilitating these efforts:
- ADOT's good faith efforts to meet overall DBE participation goals
- Compliance with all applicable federal requirements
- Equal Employment Opportunity contractor compliance and On-the-Job Training contractor compliance to provide training and employment opportunities for women, minorities and economically disadvantaged individuals in the construction industry
Announcements and Updates
ADOT Disparity Study for Proposed DBE Goals
ADOT recently completed a draft Disparity Study Report that analyzed the utilization and availability of minority- and women-owned firms, by race, ethnic and gender group, to determine whether there are disparities in the past utilization of those firms in ADOT and local public agency contracts. The study included analysis of in-depth interviews with business owners, trade associations, and others, about their experiences related to the transportation contracting industry in Arizona.
Based on the study results, ADOT submitted the following DBE goals to the USDOT operating agencies:
Federal Fiscal Timeframe
Overall Proposed DBE Goal
Race Conscious %
Race Neutral %
2015 – 2017
2016 – 2018
Before submitting the proposed DBE goals to USDOT, ADOT conducted a 45 day Public Comment period from June 8 through July 20, to seek public input on its proposed goals for participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms on federally-funded contracts for the next three years.
To learn more, go to azdot.gov/DBEDisparityStudy.
DBE Certification Annual Updates
DBE certifications do not expire. However, DBE-certified firms are required to submit an Annual Update every year to maintain certification. DBE firms with names beginning in A through J, must submit an Annual Update by April 1 of each calendar year, and DBE firms with names beginning in K through Z must submit an Annual Update by Oct. 1 of each calendar year.
ADOT has a Unified Certification Program (UCP), which means ADOT, the city of Tucson and the city of Phoenix all review and approve certifications for firms in Arizona. Certification by one entity is honored by all members of the UCP. The certifying agency is determined by the firm's primary location. Firms located in Pima County should apply for certification and submit their Annual Update to the city of Tucson. Firms located in Maricopa County should apply for certification and submit their Annual Update to the city of Phoenix. All other firms should apply for certification and submit their Annual Update to ADOT. If your firm's primary location is in Maricopa County but you have previously submitted DBE information to ADOT, contact the city of Phoenix at 602.262.6790 before attempting to submit your renewal in the DBE system so that your records can be seamlessly transferred from ADOT to city of Phoenix. If your firm's location is in Pima County, contact the city of Tucson at 520.837.4009. Access ADOT's DBE System.
Please note that all updates must be completed online, unless otherwise instructed by UCP members.
ADOT announced the three shortlisted developer teams proposing on the $1.9 billion design-build-maintain contract for the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway Project.
- Connect 202 Partners
- South Mountain Development Group
- South Mountain Mobility Group
FAQ South Mountain Freeway
For information on upcoming events for DBE Supportive Services, email [email protected].
For information on upcoming events for ADOT's On-the-Job (OJT) Program, email [email protected].