federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program is all about securing
equal opportunity in business. Funded through the U.S. Department of
Transportation (U.S. DOT), the program helps businesses classified as
small, woman-owned or disadvantaged to compete in a fair environment right
alongside larger corporations.
The U.S. DOT recommends that agencies
such as NDOT conduct disparity studies to develop the information needed
to effectively operate the disadvantaged business enterprise program.
This analysis is referred to as a disparity study because it examines
whether there is a disparity between an agency's utilization of
minority- and women-owned firms and what would be expected based on
availability of minority- and women-owned firms to perform this
The following DRAFT disparity study is presented to the
public for review and reference.
Disparity Study Public Information Meeting Materials
A public overview and discussion of the draft
disparity study was held in October 2013. The disparity
study presentation from these meetings provide an overview of disparity