Guidelines for Conducting a Disparity and Availability Study for the Federal DBE Program

14 January 2010
By Dr. Jon Wainwright et al.

This report for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies presents guidelines for state departments of transportation on how to conduct effective and legally defensible disparity and availability studies to meet the requirements of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program for federally funded projects. The report includes guidance to assist departments of transportation in determining when and if a disparity or availability study is recommended, a model scope of work that can be used in a request for proposals, and detailed recommendations on how to design and implement disparity and availability studies. This report will serve as an invaluable resource for legal and contracting staff in all state transportation agencies.