Posted on May 18, 2017.
The Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. COAST has received Federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation and as a condition of receiving this assistance, COAST has signed an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26.
It is the policy of COAST to ensure that DBEs that are defined in Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT assisted contracts. It is also our policy:
1) To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT assisted contracts;
2) To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT assisted contracts;
3) To ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
4) To ensure that only firms that fully meet the eligibility standards of 49 CFR Part 26 are permitted to participate as DBEs;
5) To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOTassisted contracts; and
6) To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE Program.
The Director of HR & Compliance has been delegated as the DBE Liaison Officer (DBELO) and is responsible for implementing all aspects of the DBE program. Implementation of the DBE program is accorded the same priority as compliance with all other legal obligations incurred by COAST in its financial assistance agreements with the Department of Transportation. COAST has disseminated this policy statement to the Board of Directors and all of the components of our organization. We have distributed this statement to DBE and non-DBE business communities that perform work for us on DOT-assisted contracts. COAST's DBE Program will be sent to all requesting agencies or individuals and is made available on COAST's website at www.coastbus.org.