Disadvantage Business Ent.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) program provides a vehicle for increasing the participation by minorities in state and local procurement. DOT DBE regulations require state and local transportation agencies that receive DOT financial assistance, to establish goals for the participation of DBE's. Each DOT-assisted State and local transportation agency is required to establish annual DBE goals, and review the scopes of anticipated large prime contracts throughout the year and establish contract-specific DBE subcontracting goals. Three major DOT operating administrations are involved in the DBE program. They are Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.

In addition to establishing goals, state and local recipients also certify the eligibility of DBE firms to participate in DOT-assisted projects. Some groups are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged for the purposes of participation in this program. In 1987 Congress added women to the groups of presumed be to disadvantaged. The main objectives of the DBE Program are:

  • To ensure that small disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE) can compete fairly for federally funded transportation-related projects.
  • To ensure that only eligible firms participate as DBE's.
  • To assist DBE firms in competing outside the DBE Program.
DBE Program


The Port of Walla Walla in conjunction with the Walla Walla Regional Airport is proposing a FY2022-2024 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) goal of 5.19% (Race Conscious) for upcoming projects at the airport. In keeping with 49 CFR 26.45(g), an open teleconference will be held on March 31, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM PST. During this time, interested parties may call in to discuss the proposed DBE goal. The telephone number for this teleconference is 302-202-1106 and participant code is 448892. The intent of the call will be to obtain input from various groups on the methodology of this goal setting, and consider any suggestions or changes that may need to be made prior to submission of this goal to the FAA Civil Rights Department. A copy of the proposed DBE goal and the calculations used to determine this goal may be obtained on the airport website at www.wallawallaairport.com.