ACCA 2008 National Training Institute

Portland, Oregon
26 August 2008 - 31 August 2008
Hosted By: the American Contract Compliance Association (ACCA)

The American Contract Compliance Association, a non-profit national organization dedicated to ensuring equitable employment and contracting practices with public and private sector institutions, held its 22nd annual national training institute in Portland, Oregon on 26-31 August 2008. As part of the program, NERA Senior Vice President Dr. Jon Wainwright, who specializes in analyzing the effects of discrimination, delivered a presentation entitled "The National Model Disparity and Availability Study Project." Dr. Wainwright discussed the scope of this project -- which NERA conducted for the National Academy of Sciences -- along with preliminary results from their research. The project included a comprehensive review of existing disparity studies and annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal-setting methods currently in effect at all 50 state Departments of Transportation. It also outlined a model approach for conducting disparity studies and a model scope of work for inclusion in agencies' Requests for Proposals.

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