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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

What is the DBE program?
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is a recipient of federal funds and therefore, must adhere to Title 49-Transportation, Code of Federal Regulations.  The regulations require NYSDOT to administer the DBE Program on all federally funded highway construction contracts.

Federal Regulations:
An explanation of the federal regulations for the DBE Program can be found at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) DBE website

Who Regulates the Program?
NYSDOT receives funding from three separate federal agencies:

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)  has oversight responsibility on all highway and bridge construction contracts that utilize federal assistance.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA)  has oversight responsibility on all local public transit contracts that utilize federal assistance.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  has oversight responsibility on all air transportation related contracts that utilize federal assistance.

It is the policy  of NYSDOT to ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin in the award and administration of the USDOT assisted contracts. It is the intention of NYSDOT is to create an equitable environment in which DBEs can compete fairly for contracts and subcontracts relating to the procurement, contracting and professional service activities of USDOT assisted work.

Federal vs. State Programs:
The Federal DBE program is a separate program and subject to different requirements than the New York State Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women-owned Business Enterprise Program (WBE). The DBE program promotes the use of DBEs in all types of federally-assisted contracts and procurement activities and does not apply to 100% state funded contracts. For more information on the MWBE Programs, please visit the MWBE website. 

DBE Goals:

The Department’s overall federal goals FFY 2020-2022 are 5.1% for FAA projects

DBE Methodology:

FAA DBE Goal Methodology Presentation

How does a business become DBE certified?

To find out how a firm can become certified as a DBE, please visit our DBE Certification Program website.

DBE Supportive Services:

To learn about NYSDOT’s program of outreach and assistance to DBEs, please visit our DBE Supportive Services website.


DBE Plan 

New York State Unified Certification Program DBE Directory 

Good Faith Effort (GFE) Documentation Guide 

Construction and Consulting NYSDOT work codes with descriptions