Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business Program
As a recipient of federal transit and transportation funds, Harris County must have a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business program to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts pursuant to 49 CFR Part 26. A DBE means a for-profit small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged or, in the case of a corporation, in which 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals; and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own it.
Harris County Commissioners Court has established a policy to ensure that DBE’s have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts pursuant to 49 CFR Part 26.23 and has designated Gene Simeon as the DBE Liaison Officer for DBE program matters pursuant to 49 CFR Part 26.25.
Harris County has adopted a Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) DBE Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing a federally approved DBE program pursuant to 49 CFR Part 26. This MOU allows Harris County to adopt the Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) establishing participation in the TUCP as a Non-Certifying Partner pursuant 49 CFR Part 26.81. The objective of the TUCP is to make all certification and decertification decisions on behalf of all TUCP Partners with respect to participation in the DOT DBE Program.
Interested parties may contact the Texas Department of Transportation for information concerning the TUCP at the following:
Texas Department of Transportation
Business Opportunity Programs Office
125 E. 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701-2483
DBE Compliance Officer
Notice of Proposed Goal for the Participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in the Department of Transportation Assisted Contracts
Harris County Community Services Department Office of Transit Services
As required by Section 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 26, the Harris County Community Services Department (HCCSD), Office of Transit Services, has determined a proposed overall goal FY 2018- 2020 of six percent (6%) for the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE’s) in its contracts for financial assistance provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT):
The proposed goals and their rationale are available for review between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday (except Holidays) at 8410 Lantern Point Drive, Houston, Texas 77054 and online at www.harriscountytransit.com. This information will be available for inspection until July 17, 2017.
HCCSD and the DOT (through the Federal Transit Administration) will accept written comments until July 17, 2017. Written comments can be directed to the agencies below:
HCCSD Attn: Mr. Gene Simeon (DBELO)
8410 Lantern Point Drive, Houston, Texas 77054
The Federal Transit Administration, 819 Taylor Street, Room 14A02, Fort Worth, Texas 76102
June 15, 2017
FY 2018-2020 DBE Goal Methodology