Electronic DBE/ACDBE Application is Here

On July 8, INDOT will launch its Electronic DBE/ACDBE application. The application will become the portal for potential applicants to apply for DBE/ACDBE certification and for existing DBEs to submit any and all DBE related materials.

There will be a user guide to access the electronic application placed on EOD’s website by July 7.

DBEs should be proactive and register their business on the Indiana Technical Application Pathway (ITAP), http://itap.indot.in.gov. Instructions for using ITAP are on the ITAP login screen. Once you log, request the DBE/ACDBE application to access the system.

EOD Staff will start contacting existing DBEs with August certification anniversary dates with guidance on how to proceed with their annual submittals. Electronic submittals to the DBE certification mailbox will be accepted only through July 31, 2016 for existing DBEs with a July anniversary date.

Please note after July 31, 2016 all submittals for DBE related purposes will ONLY be accepted via the electronic application portal.

INDOT requests your comments to set overall 2017-19 DBE goal

INDOT is proposing an overall Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) goal of 10.9 percent, down from 12.4 percent, effective for construction contracts let in the fiscal years 2017 through 2019. Preliminary studies show the number could reasonably drop even further, depending on your involvement. INDOT is accepting comments until the end of June, then the Federal Highway Administration must approve this proposed goal.

ICI asks contractors to submit comments regarding INDOT’s disparity study.

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You can also attend one of three public meetings to find out more about the study (see the details below).

The study includes an examination of the availability of minority- and women-owned businesses for state contracts and compared those data to the actual utilization of minority- and women-owned businesses in state contracting. It examined the following minority groups to determine availability and utilization of minority groups in state contracting: Black American-owned businesses; Hispanic American-owned businesses; Asian Pacific American-owned businesses; Subcontinent Asian American-owned businesses; and Native American-owned businesses. The study examined contract data for construction, professional services and goods and supplies from July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2013. The State of Indiana is required to conduct a disparity study every five years to maintain the legal validity for maintaining a Minority and Womens Business Enterprise (MWBE) program.

We encourage you to submit comments to:

Indiana Department of Transportation
Economic Opportunity Division
Attn: Elizabeth Kiefner Crawford, Director
100 North Senate Avenue, Room N750
Indianapolis, IN 46204
DBECertification@indot.in.gov

Public meetings regarding INDOT’s proposed DBE goal will take place on:

June 13, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., local time
Ivy Tech Community College
Multi-Purpose Room
1440 East 35th Avenue
Gary, Indiana 46409

June 14, 2016, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., local time
Evansville Central Library
Browning Event Room B
200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47713

June 15, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., local time
Indiana Government Center South
Conference Rooms 4 & 5
302 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

INDOT will host public meetings to discuss the Overall DBE Goal-Setting Methodology Report and allow for additional public comment. All are welcome to attend. Please contact Dan Osborn with questions regarding the study, DBE and the public comment process and timeline.