DBE & SL/DBE Programs

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Posted: May 20, 2015

Project: New North Terminal
Prime: Hunt Gibbs Boh Metro

Posted: April 14, 2015

Report Fraud
Fraud is deliberate deception to secure an unfair gain.

To report fraud in federally-funded programs, contracts and grants, contact the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Office of Inspector General (OIG) at 1-800-424-9071.

The OIG maintains a hotline to report allegations of fraud, waste, abuse and other irregularities in USDOT programs or operations. Allegations may be reported by USDOT employees, contractors or the public. The OIG Hotline is available 24/7. Issues that should be reported include:
  • Contract, procurement and grant fraud
  • Environment, health and safety violations
  • Computer crimes
  • Product substitution, including suspected, unapproved and counterfeit aircraft parts
  • Bribery, kickbacks and gratuities
  • False statements and claims
  • Conflicts of interest and ethics violations
  • Travel fraud, theft and/or abuse of Government property
  • Other violations of Federal law and regulations
How to report fraud to OIG:
USDOT Inspector General
1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Rm W73-104A
Washington, DC 20590

Please, note: The OIG Hotline is obligated to, expeditiously, forward all safety-related complaints to the USDOT's safety, regulatory agencies for action, as appropriate.

Contractors misrepresent that they are competing against each other when they actually agree to cooperate on the winning bid to increase job proft.

A government contracting or oversight official has an undisclosed financial interest in a contractor or consultant, resulting in an improper contract award or inflated costs.

A contractor misrepresents who performed the work in order to be appear to be in compliance with contract goals for involvement of minority / women-owned businesses.

A contractor requests to be paid for the removal of more construction debris than was actually removed.

A contractor misrepresents the cost of performing work by secretly paying a fee for being awarded the contract and, therefore, inflating the cost to the government.

A contractor misrepresents how much construction material was used on a job in order to be paid for more material than was actually used.

A contractor misrepresents the type or quality of product used in order to reduce costs for construction materials.

A contractor misrepresents the results of quality control tests in order to limit costs or increase profits, earn contract incentives, or avoid project shutdown.

A contractor misrepresents the distribution of employee labor in order to charge for more work hours, or a higher overhead rate to increase profit.

A contractor compensates a government official in exchange for obtaining contracts or permitting overcharges.

About the DBE Program

AMAC - Airport Minority Advisory Council
The DBE program is promulgated pursuant to 49 CFR Parts 23 and 26. It includes all contracts for construction, professional services, and procurement which are funded in whole or in part by federal dollars from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). This also includes certain concessions operations at the airport. As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, the NOAB is mandated to maintain a viable DBE program to promote and maintain a level playing field for all DBEs to compete for and to perform on these federally-funded contracts. The NOAB adheres to nondiscriminatory practices in the award and administration of all DOT assisted contracts. Additionally it is our commitment to remove any barriers which may impede DBE participation, assist in the development of DBE firms to compete successfully, ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable laws, and implement DBE eligibility standards which are consistent with 49 CFR Parts 23 and 26.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Office
New Orleans International Airport
P.O. Box 20007
New Orleans, LA 70141
504.303.7614 (fax)

Philistine Ferrand
DBE Liaison Officer

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification

In order to comply with our DBE Program, the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) has established a DBE office and has appointed a DBE Liaison Officer (DBELO) to coordinate and administer the Program and Plan. The first step in the certification process is to complete and submit a DBE application to the DBELO at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The DBELO then conducts a site visit to verify status and issue a decision. The NOAB will certify only those businesses which are at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned and controlled by persons who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

An eligible DBE must be an independent business where ownership and control by socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s) are real, substantial and continuing. Individuals who are members of the following groups and are citizens of the Unites States may be reputably presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged: Women; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans; Asian-Pacific Americans; Subcontinent Asian Americans; and other minorities found to be disadvantaged by the Small Business Administration (SBA) The DBE owners must share in the risks and profits commensurate with their ownership interests, and must also possess the power to direct or cause the direction of the day-to-day management and major decisions of the firm. There cannot be any restrictions which prevent the DBE owners from making a business decision without the cooperation or vote of the non-DBE owners. If non-DBE members of the firm are disproportionately responsible for the operation of the firm, then the firm will not be certified.
You can also visit the Louisiana Unified Certification Program's (LAUCP) website for more information regarding State Certification.

DBE Compliance

The DBE Liaison Officer (DBELO) is responsible for monitoring DBE project goals from pre-award to completion, ensuring that all DBE goals are met. This includes reviewing the DBE goal for contract awards, monitoring quarterly payments to DBEs, performing commercially useful function reviews, resolving conflicts and complaints and reviewing project files upon completion for compliance with the DBE program requirements.

Small Business Enterprise Program Description

The Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program is open to all business owners regardless of race, ethnicity or gender. To be an eligible Small Business Enterprise a business must have a least 51% ownership by a person who is economically disadvantaged. To be considered economically disadvantaged the individual's Personal Net Worth, not including their primary place of residence or ownership in the business cannot exceed $1.32 million in compliance with the 49 CFR Part 26.67. An SBE business owner must be a U.S. Citizen or lawfully permanent resident of the U.S.

Additionally, the business must be for-profit and must meet the annual gross receipts cap of $17.42 million as defined in 49 CFR Part 26 and must meet the size criteria defined by the Small Business Administration. SBE size standards can be accessed at http://www.sba.gov/content/table-small-business-size-standards.

Businesses that are currently DBE-certified with the LAUCP must submit an SBE Affidavit of Certification Eligibility. Businesses that are owned by minorities or women and that are not currently DBE-certified must submit a complete a DBE Certification application with all supporting documentation.

Certification by the State/Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (SLDBE) program does not automatically qualify the firm for either DBE or SBE status. Small and Disadvantaged businesses seeking to participate in the DBE or SBE programs must have DBE certification through a member of the LAUCP and/or SBE certification through the NORTA.

Only the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) is processing SBE certification applications, at this time. Visit NORTA's small business program website for more information and application documents: http://www.norta.com/Business-Center/Small-Business-and-DBE.aspx.

State and Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Description

In this program, an overall participation goal of 27% of all public works projects funded by state and local dollars was established for State and Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (SLDBE) certified firms.

The Office of Supplier Diversity for the City of New Orleans is, now, the custodial owner of all SLDBE-certified firms, their certification files, and any future certification applications: http://www.nola.gov/economic-development/supplier-diversity/.

A firm is certifiable under this program if it is at least 51% owned and controlled by individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged and where the firm is not dominant in its industry. There are no presumptions of disadvantaged status for any racial, ethnic group or gender. Each individual must supply evidence of both historic and continuing economic and social disadvantage. The burden of proof must be borne by the applicant. SLDBE Certification by the City of New Orleans is reciprocal for the SLDBE programs administered by the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, Harrah's Jazz Casino, and the New Orleans International Airport.
For information on the SLDBE Program and revisions to City of New Orleans Policy Memorandum 46R, please see the Creating Pathways to Prosperity for the People of New Orleans presentation.

Outreach Program
It is not enough to have a DBE program alone and not provide any additional support to the community outside of the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The New Orleans Aviation Board acknowledges this and has created many opportunities for businesses and individuals to participate in business growth and development.

The New Orleans Aviation Board through its DBE Office performs outreach in several areas, including; Co-Operative Partnerships, Internships, Seminars (Vendor Fair) and Training, and acknowledgement of DBE's accomplishments at its annual DBE Awards Ceremony.

Information, Directories, Applications and Forms
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Directories of Certified Firms
SLDBE Registry of Certified Firms
This is a directory of companies SLDBE-certified for use on contracts with an SLDBE (state & local) contract goal. Participating agencies include: New Orleans International Airport; Sewerage and Water Board (S&WB) of New Orleans; Jazz Casino Company d/b/a Harrah's New Orleans Casino; and the City of New Orleans (CNO). If you have questions, comments or concerns about any specific company, please contact the City's Office of Suppler Diversity.

City of New Orleans' Office of Supplier Diversity: http://www.nola.gov/economic-development/supplier-diversity/

DBE Registry of Certified Firms
This is a directory of companies certified by the NOAB DBE Office for use on contracts with a DBE (federal) contract goal.  For a complete listing of ALL eligible companies, please visit www.LAUCP.org - this listing includes companies certified by all certifying agencies participating in the Louisiana Unified Certification Program (LAUCP):  New Orleans International Airport; New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA); Louisiana Department of Transportation (LADOTD); and the Orleans Levee District (OLD).  If you have questions, comments or concerns about any specific company, please contact its certifying agency, as indicated in the listing.
DBE (Federal) Program
Request to Expand Business Services
Use this form if you need to expand the list of services for which your certification can be used to fulfill DBE goals.
Interstate Certification
Certification procedures for new applications from outside the state of Louisiana.
DBE New Certification Information, Application and Document Checklist
New certification application and other necessary attachments for consideration of certification under our Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program. For companies who have never been certified; need to document changes in ownership, disadvantaged status and/or structure; and those needing review for reinstatement after being decertified.
DBE Annual Update
Annual update affidavit, document checklist and other required forms to verify there have been no changes in the circumstances of your firm which affect its ability to meet the size, disadvantaged status, ownership or control requirements of the program. If there have been such changes, please refer to the New Certification application.
Other Information & Forms
Statement of Intent to Perform as a DBE, SLDBE or ACDBE
ANY PRIME, SUBCONTRACTOR, SUBCONSULTANT OR VENDOR, intending to provide goods or services as a disadvantaged business enterprise, MUST SUBMIT UPON REQUEST.
SLDBE Bid Forms
Contracts with an SLDBE (State & Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) Goal require specific bid forms.  Unless otherwise noted in the advertisement, use these generic forms to submit your bid.
Our Federal Program Implementation Plans
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Small Business Enterprise (SBE), and Airport Concessions DBE Program Plans
Grievance Policy and Procedure for SL/(AC)DBE Certified Firms
A grievance is a written or electronic statement of complaint concerning allegations of discrimination or allegations of violation(s) of 49 CFR Parts 23 or 26. Anonymous or unsigned correspondence, verbal allegations or inquiries seeking advice or information are not considered a grievance.
Goal Setting Public Notice, Methodology & Calculations
DBE Bid Forms
Contracts with a [Federal] DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) Goal require specific bid forms. Unless otherwise noted in the advertisement, use these generic forms to submit your bid.
Consulting Services Questionnaire
NOAB Forms S-03A & S-03B

The prime, each subconsultant, and any other tier subconsultant must submit a fully completed form. All items requested on the form are required, if an item is not applicable, respondent should enter "N/A. Each prime firm participating as a joint venture should complete a separate form and indicate, on the form in item 10, that the response is a joint venture.
Commercially Useful Function (CUF) and Good Faith Efforts (GFE) Guidelines

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Commercially Useful Function (CUF)

The DBE Office evaluates the amount of work subcontracted, industry practices, whether the amount the firm is to be paid is commensurate with the work it is actually performing and the DBE credit claimed for the performance of the work, and other relevant factors.

For the entire rule, refer to: 49 CFR 26.55(c), (d).

Good Faith Efforts (GFE)

Good faith efforts are efforts to obtain participation by certified DBEs on the contract. Efforts to include firms not certified as DBEs in the state where the contract is being let are, consequently, not good faith efforts to meet a DBE contract goal. This is true even if a non-certified firm is owned by minorities or women or is certified in another state.

For the entire rule, refer to: 49 CFR 26.53.

If the set contract goal will not be met, please fill out the Documentation of Good Faith Efforts Form and SUBMIT WITH Schedule of Contract Participation (whenever Schedule of Contract Participation is requested).

ACDBE Bid Forms
PRIME BIDDER must complete and submit WITH BID OR PROPOSAL.
SL/(AC)DBE Compliance Forms
Schedule J-2 AP Monthly Activity Report Form
Construction, Construction-Related Professional Services, Maintenance, Professional Services contracts -- Submit with invoice to Program Manager
Schedule J AP Quarterly Activity Report Form

Construction, Construction-Related Professional Services, Maintenance, Professional Services contracts -- Submit with Accounts Payable Logs or Copies of Cancelled Checks to the DBE Office

Q1 - due by April 20; Q2 - due by July 20; Q3 - due by October 20; Q4 - due by January 20

Request Change(s) to Subcontract Agreement(s) Post-Bid, Post-Award
If the need arises to modify a subcontract commitment or wholly remove/substitute a subcontractor, click here.
Rental Car Quarterly Report Forms
Non-Rental Car ACDBE Quarterly Report Form
Concessions Reporting
DBE Contract Close-Out Form



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