Equal Opportunity Office


The objectives of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program are: 

  • To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts in the Departments highway, transit, and airport financial assistance programs;
  • To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts; 
  • To ensure that the Departments DBE program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;  
  • To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs; to help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts;
  • To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE program; and

To provide appropriate flexibility to recipients of federal financial assistance in establishing and providing opportunities for DBEs.



DBE Plan Documents


DBE Program Plan

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Utilization

USDOT Code of Federal Regulations (Title 49 CFR part 26)