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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Supportive Services (DBE/SS) Program

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Supportive Services (DBE/SS) Program is one that has been consistently operated as an adjunct to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program; statutory authorization exists for the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) implementation of the program. The primary purpose of the DBE/SS is to provide training, assistance, and services to minority, disadvantaged, and women business enterprises so as to increase their activity in the program, and to facilitate the firms' development into viable, self-sufficient organizations capable of competing for, and performing on federally assisted highway projects. Since 1982, Congress has authorized up to $10 million, annually, to accomplish these objectives.

FHWA annually apportions the DBE/SS funds to STAs for the purpose of carrying out a DBE/SS program. The FHWA approves the funding of STA programs only if they demonstrate the ability to directly assist certified DBEs’ development through identifiable, metric-based results.


Contacts/phone numbers/email addresses

Kimberly Sarmuksnis
(202) 366-1604


Authorities

23 CFR 230.201-207, Subpart B
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=eabb59df0986dff1a05006acf911d890&rgn=div6&view=text&node=23:1.0.1.3.8.2&idno=23

MAP-21, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (P.L. 112-141)
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/workforcedbe.cfm

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