MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION  
PUBLIC CONSULTATION SURVEY REGARDING  
DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE GOALS  
FOR STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION  
FEDERAL FISCAL YEARS 2019-2021   
May 9, 2018 

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 goal for the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA). In establishing the overall DBE goal, 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:

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

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

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

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

* 5. Is your firm a certified DBE?

* 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 SHA contract that did NOT have a DBE goal?

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

* 8. In the past 2 years, has your firm submitted a bid or proposal on any SHA contract as a prime contractor?

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

* 10. What percentage of SHA work performed by your firm was performed as a prime contractor? (Please estimate the percentage of gross receipts received based on total SHA contract work)

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

* 12. In the past 2 years, has your firm submitted a bid or proposal on any SHA contracts as a subcontractor to a prime contractor?

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

* 14. How many times was the contractor that selected you for its team successful in winning the SHA contract?

* 15. What percentage of SHA work performed by your firm was performed as a subcontractor? (Please estimate the percentage of gross receipts received based on total SHA contract work.)

* 16. If your firm performed work on SHA contracts as a subcontractor, what percentage of those contracts had DBE goals?

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

* 18. 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?

* 19. If YES to question 18, circle all of those types of business dealings in which you have felt less favorably treated:

* 20. In response to question 19, 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.  (Please use additional sheets if necessary.)

* 21. The current SHA DBE overall participation goal is 27.16 %. Do you think this is a fair overall goal for disadvantaged business participation?

* 22. In response to question 21, please explain why or why not? (For example, explain whether you think the goal reflects the existing availability of minority businesses that provide goods and services sought by SHA).

* 23. Do you think the proposed goals should be adjusted?

* 24. In regards to your response to question 23, describe why you think the current goal should be lower/higher/remain the same.

* 25. In regards to your response to question 24, identify and/or describe any data or evidence that supports your position.

* 26. Please provide any other input you or your firm has regarding SHA procurement and/or the DBE Program.

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

* 28. PROVIDING YOUR NAME AND BUSINESS INFORMATION IS OPTIONAL.

Please complete survey no later than June 18, 2018.  To request a hard copy, contact:

Maryland Department of Transportation
Office of Small and Minority Business Policy
mdotmbeoutreach@mdot.state.md.us
7201 Corporate Center Drive
Hanover, MD 21076

THANK YOU!
Note:  In addition to the Survey, Stakeholders also have an opportunity to participate in Stakeholder Public Consultation Sessions scheduled on May 21st and 22nd.  Prime Contractors (click here) to register.  Subcontractors (click here) to register.  For additional information, contact Denise Merritt at dmerritt@mdot.state.md.us

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