To promote opportunities for small businesses and increase diversity spending by eliminating barriers in our procurement and construction contracting practices
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.