POLICY STATEMENT EXPRESSING A COMMITMENT OF THE ROCHESTER GENESEE
REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY TO UTILIZE DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS
In accordance with the requirements of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) 49 CFR, Part 26, dated March 4, 1999, the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) is committed to the development and implementation of an effective and Federally-compliant Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program.
The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program applies to all USDOT-assisted RGRTA procurement activities where reasonably feasible. This will include all USDOT-assisted capital, construction and professional service contracts.
The primary objective for establishing a DBE Program is to facilitate the participation of firms owned and controlled by known socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in obtaining procurement contracts. To this end, RGRTA's goals include the following:
- To assist firms owned and/or controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals so they may equitably compete for contracts and subcontracts;
- To assure that all contracts and procurements are administered without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, or gender; and
- To assist firms owned and/or controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in overcoming barriers to program participation.
The RGRTA has received Federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation, and, as a condition of receiving this assistance, the RGRTA has signed an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR, Part 26.
It is the policy of the RGRTA to ensure that DBEs, as defined in Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts. The Authority's DBE Program was established to meet the following objectives:
- To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts;
- To create a "level playing field" on which DBE's can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;
- To ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
- To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR, Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;
- To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts; and
- To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE Program.
The RGRTA goal for DBE participation for Federal Fiscal Year 2012-2013 is 10%.
Obtaining Certification as a USDOT-certified DBE
The New York Unified Certification Process (UCP) provides "one stop shopping" to applicants for DBE certification within New York State. This DBE certification will be honored by all participating New York State UCP agencies.
To obtain information on DBE Certification, please contact the New York State Department of Transportation at www.nysdot.gov or 518-457-3180.
Please direct questions or comments related to RGRTA's DBE Program and Policies to our DBE Liaison Officer at the Procurement and Grants Administration Department.
POLICY STATEMENT EXPRESSING A COMMITTMENT OF THE
ROCHESTER GENESEE REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
TO UTILIZE NYS MINORITY AND WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISES
In accordance with the 2010 Business Diversification Act amending Article 15-A of New York State Executive Law §313 (“Article 15-A”), state agencies, authorities, boards and commissions are required to prepare, pursuant to 5 NYCRR Parts 140-145, a Master Goal Plan to submit to the Director of the Division of Minority and Woman’s Business Development (“the Division”). The Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (“RGRTA” or “the Authority”) is committed to the development and implementation of an effective and New York State compliant Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprises (“M/WBE”) program.
Certain transactions are considered “Exempt Transactions” and are not subject to M/WBE program standards. These Exempt Transactions include procurements less than $25,000 for labor, services, supplies, equipment and materials or any combination of the foregoing, and contracts less than $100,000 for acquisition, construction, demolition, replacement, major repair, renovation or improvement of real estate. In addition, staff benefits, debt service, OGS centralized services and single/sole source contracts are considered Exempt from the M/WBE program.
M/WBE program standards apply to all RGRTA procurement activities not assisted by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) where reasonably feasible. The regulations adhered to by the Authority’s federally compliant Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program (“DBE”) supersede those imposed by Article 15-A with regard to all USDOT-assisted capital, construction and professional service contracts. These contracts are also considered Exempt Transactions.
The primary objective for establishing an M/WBE program is to increase the participation of firms owned and controlled by minority and women-owned business in obtaining procurement contracts not involving exempt transactions. To this end, RGRTA’s goals include the following:
1. To assist firms owned and/or controlled by M/WBEs so they may equitably compete for contracts and subcontracts;
2. To assure that all contracts and procurements are administered without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, or gender; and
3. To assure that all contractors and subcontractors utilized by the Authority in connection with Non-Exempt Procurements undertake or continue existing programs of affirmative action to ensure that certified M/WBE firms are afforded equal opportunities without discrimination.
Obtaining Certification as a NYS Certified MBE or WBE
The New York State Empire State Development Division of Minority and Women's Development (DMWBE) provides certification for MBE and WBE firms. The criteria and application process can be found on their website at: http://www.esd.ny.gov/MWBE/Certification.html