Bi-State Development (BSD) is committed to maximizing contracting opportunities for small businesses owned and operated by disadvantaged individuals as outlined in 49 CFR Part 26. Bi-State Development’s contracting opportunities include goods and services which support the operation and maintenance of its facilities, vehicles and equipment, professional services and construction. As a recipient of federal financial assistance via Federal Transit Administration (FTA), BSD is required to maintain a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. The BSD Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD) administers the DBE Program as outlined in U.S. Department of Transportation 49 CFR Part 26 and ensures that DBE firms are afforded viable opportunities to participate on BSD projects agency wide.
OSD sets the agency’s overall goal three year goal and monitors progress toward goal attainment; sets contract goals on various construction projects, goods and service contracts; manages the DBE Certification Program, monitors and enforces 49 CFR Part 26 on its projects funded in whole or part with federal funds and provides various outreach services.
FY 2016-2018 Overall DBE Goal
In accordance with requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation 49 CFR Part 26, Bi-State Development hereby notifies the public that it is recommending the following Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for applicable professional services, construction services and other procurement contracts during Federal Fiscal Year 2016, which begins October 1, 2015 and ends September 30, 2018. The overall total DBE goal for Bi-State Development is 20%.
Information pertaining to this goal and a description of how it was selected is available for public inspection during Bi-State Development normal business hours, 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Bi-State Development’s Office of Supplier Diversity, One Metropolitan Square, 211 North Broadway, Suite 700, St. Louis, Missouri 63102-2795. The proposed overall DBE goal will be available for inspection for 30 days following the date of this notice at the above address. Written comments on the DBE goal will be accepted from the public for 45 days following the date of this notice. The comments are for informational purposes only and may be directed to: Francoise Lyles-Wiggins, Supplier Diversity Program Manager, at the above address, or to the Federal Transit Administration – Region VII, Civil Rights Office, 901 Locust, Room 404, Kansas City, Missouri 64106.