MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
PUBLIC CONSULTATION SURVEY REGARDING
DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM GOALS
For
Maryland Transit Administration and Maryland Aviation Administration

The following survey is voluntary and may be completed anonymously.  Pursuant to federal regulation 49 C.F.R. Part 26, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking comments on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and overall DBE goals for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA).  In establishing overall DBE goals, the federal regulations require that MDOT consult with minority, women’s and general contractor groups, community organizations, and other officials or organizations which could be expected to have information concerning the availability of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged businesses, the effects of discrimination on opportunities for DBEs, and efforts to establish a level playing field for the participation of DBEs.  MDOT appreciates your input and requests that you answer the following survey questions:

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* 1. Type of work your firm primarily performs (choose one):

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* 2. How many years has your firm been in business?

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* 3. Is your firm a certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE)?

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* 4. Is your firm at least 51% owned and controlled by a racial/ethnic minority and/or female?

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* 5. Is your firm a certified DBE?

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* 6. If your firm is a certified DBE, have you ever been asked to provide a quote to perform work or participate as a subcontractor on an MAA or MTA contract that did NOT have a DBE goal?

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* 7. Have you ever solicited a minority- or woman-owned business to perform work or participate as a subcontractor on an MAA OR MTA contract that did NOT have a DBE goal?

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* 8. In the past two years, has your firm submitted a bid or proposal on any MAA or MTA contract as a prime contractor?

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* 9. If YES, how many times?

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* 10. If you submitted a bid or proposal on more than one MAA or MTA contract as a prime contractor during the past year, how many of those contracts were awarded to you?

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* 11. What percentage of MAA or MTA work performed by your firm was performed as a prime contractor? (Please estimate percentage of gross receipts received based on total MAA or MTA contract work).  If not applicable, please put "N/A."

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* 12. As a prime contractor, have you ever solicited a minority- or woman-owned business to work with you as a subcontractor on a contract that did NOT have DBE goals?

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* 13. In the past two years, has your firm submitted a bid or proposal on any MAA or MTA contracts as a subcontractor to a prime contractor?

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* 14. If YES, how many times?

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* 15. How many times did prime contractors accept your bids?

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* 16. How many times was the contractor that selected you for its team successful in winning the MAA or MTA contract?

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* 17. What percentage of MAA or MTA work performed by your firm was performed as a subcontractor? (Please estimate percentage of gross receipts received based on total MAA or MTA contract work.)  If not applicable, please put "N/A."

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* 18. If your firm performed work on MAA or MTA contracts as a subcontractor, what percentage of those contracts had DBE goals?  If not applicable, please put "N/A."

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* 19. In your experience, have any of the following factors negatively impacted your firm’s ability to do business in the Maryland marketplace? (Check all that apply.)

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* 20. Have you ever been treated less favorably due to race, ethnicity and/or gender while participating or attempting to participate in business dealings within the Maryland marketplace? 

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* 21. If YES to question 20, check all of those types of business dealings in which you have felt less favorably treated:

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* 22. In response to question 21, to the extent you feel comfortable sharing such experiences, please provide details regarding any business dealings in which you were treated less favorably due to race, ethnicity and/or gender. 

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* 23. The current DBE overall participation goals for MAA and MTA are shown below. 

  Overall DBE Goal Race Conscious Race Neutral
MAA 27.5% 26.11% 1.39%
MTA 30.0% 21.58% 8.42%

Do you think these are fair overall goals for disadvantaged business participation?

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* 24. In response to question 23, please explain why or why not?  (For example, explain whether you think the goal(s) reflects the existing availability of minority businesses that provide goods and services sought by MAA and MTA).

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* 25. How do you think the proposed goals should be adjusted?

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* 26. In regard to your response to question 25, describe why you think the current goal should decrease/increase/remain the same. 

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* 27. In regard to your response to question 26, identify and/or describe any data or evidence that supports your position.

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* 28. Please provide any other input you or your firm has regarding MAA or MTA procurements and/or the DBE Program.

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* 29. Please list any construction or minority-focused organizations that you would you like to see used to disseminate DBE related notices and other information.

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PROVIDING YOUR NAME AND BUSINESS INFORMATION IS OPTIONAL. 

Note: In addition to the Survey, Stakeholders also have an opportunity to participate in Stakeholder Public Consultation Sessions scheduled on September 26, 2022 ( Subcontractors Only) and September 28, 2022 ( Prime Contractors Only) .  Subcontractors click here to register for the 10:00 a.m. session or here for the 2:00 p.m. session. Prime Contractors click here to register for the 10:00 a.m. session or here for the 2:00 p.m. session.   For additional information, contact Vashti Pyatt at vpyatt@mdot.maryland.gov .
Please complete surveys no later than October 7, 2022
 
Contact: Maryland Department of Transportation
Office of Small & Minority Business Policy
Vashti Pyatt vpyatt@mdot.maryland.gov or
Chantal Kai-Lewis at ckailewis@mdot.state.md.us
7201 Corporate Center Drive
Hanover, Maryland  21076
 
THANK YOU!

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