Comments Wanted on Disadvantaged Commercial Enterprise Objective

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June 30, 2022, 6:00 p.m. HST
* Updated June 30, 5:06 p.m.

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The Hawaii Department of Transportation is seeking comments on its proposed overall three-year goal for the participation of disadvantaged commercial enterprises in contracts using federal funds.

Based on its revised methodology, HDOT is proposing a DBE target of 17.26% for its Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-funded contracts for Federal Fiscal Year 2023 through FFY 2025. The proposed target represents the portion of all FHWA-funded contract dollars that go to DBEs absent the effects of discrimination.

The overall target of 17.26% for FHWA-funded contracts is made up of two parts: 6.04% should come from race-neutral initiatives, such as HDOT technical assistance, and 11.22% should come from come from the use of DBE contract objectives (i.e. conscious measures).

HDOT will submit this new three-year goal to the United States Department of Transportation for review and approval on August 1, 2022. The new goal will be effective October 1. HDOT requests that all comments be received by July 29.

HDOT can refine this lens and race-neutral and conscious projections, if needed. If HDOT determines that improvements are warranted, the revised DBE goal will be posted on HDOT’s Office of Civil Rights website at http://www.hidot.hawaii.gov/administration/ocr/dbe/.

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Comments on the proposed objective and methodology can be made at any time during the public comment period (June 30 to July 29). Provide feedback via:

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Online at: https://forms.office.com/g/u62M6qg3S6

Email to [email protected]

By regular mail to HDOT Office of Civil Rights, 200 Rodgers Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96819
All comments will be considered prior to submitting the draft DBE objectives to USDOT.

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Document locations
All materials related to the proposed objective and methodology will be available online at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/administration/ocr/dbe/. Documents will be reviewed on June 30, 2022 during regular business hours at the following location:
HDOT Civil Rights Office
200 Rodgers Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
Phone: 808-831-7912

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