The proposed goal is 5.75%. The current goal is 4.6%. The methodology of how the goal percentage was calculated is linked below:
The goal percentage boils down to a cold calculation of determining the number of ready and willing DBE firms divided by the number of all businesses in the same highway construction marketplace. The Iowa DOT is seeking public comment on this methodology.
Also there is a need for any specific examples of the effects of discrimination on opportunities. What percentage of your work has DBE goals? Is the industry becoming more or less accepting of women and minorities? How are your dealings with financial institutions?
Please take the time to send comments to:
Office of Employee Services, Civil Rights Team
Iowa Department of Transportation
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, Iowa 50010