Changes Coming to DBE/ESB Program Requirements on Professional Services Contracts

05-Feb-2016 to 12-Feb-2016

CDOT is making great strides toward improving DBE and ESB opportunities on professional services contracts. At the first Professional Services Collaborative Forum held on January 14, CDOT gave an overview of proposed changes to DBE/ESB program requirements on professional services contracts. This included how DBE/ESB participation is scored on Statement of Interest proposals in the consultant selection process.

CDOT stated that the changes are intended to ensure compliance with the DBE regulation, increase competition, lower barriers to participation, keep the process simple, and standardize the process. More than 60 participants provided valuable feedback on the proposed changes.

Key changes include:
  • DBE goal will be pass/fail and therefore no points will be awarded for meeting the DBE goal. Every consultant must make good faith efforts to meet the contract goal.
  • Revised point structure focused on ESB firm participation with up to 10 points allocated to ESB utilization on design contracts.
  • Improved monitoring and enforcement of DBE commitments and ESB promises. Commitments will be binding and payments and/or task orders will be withheld for noncompliance.

Draft documents with details of the proposed changes can be found on the Connect2DOT website. Professional Services consultants and stakeholders are encouraged to provide comments using the online form or by emailing Click here to RSVP for the next Professional Services Collaborative Forum to be held on April 14 at CDOT Headquarters.