The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all recipients of federal financial assistance exceeding $250,000 in a federal fiscal year (FFY) to create and implement three-year Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Programs. These DBE Programs are intended to promote and enforce equal opportunity for disadvantaged firms that compete for airport contracts.
FAA New England Region DBE Programs (FFY 2018-2020) are due on August 1, 2017 and require data collection and analysis to develop goals for DBE participation for upcoming projects. DBE participation goals are calculated based on three major components:
- Available businesses in an airport’s market area for each required area of work (e.g., environmental consultants, paving contractors, or electrical contractors)
- Available DBE businesses in an airport’s market area for each required area of work
- Historical DBE participation data (airport-specific)
The FAA requires approval of DBE Program goals prior to granting federal funds. Below are some helpful resources for FAA DBE Program development: