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DBE Certification Appeals Program Brochure   PDF

United States Codes

49 USC 47113, Minority and Disadvantaged Business Participation
Each agency is required to expend a certain percentage of amounts available within a fiscal year from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund with small and disadvantaged businesses or qualified HUBZone small business concerns.

Codes of Federal Regulations

13 CFR Part 121, Small Business Size Regulations
These regulations govern qualifications for small businesses and detail how SBA determines relevant size standards.

49 CFR Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally-Assisted Programs of Department of Transportation:  Effectuation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation.

49 CFR Part 23, Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprise in Airport Concessions
This regulation governs the participation by airport concessionaire disadvantaged business enterprises (ACDBEs) in the concessions activities of airports receiving Federal financial assistance from FAA's airport improvement program.

Federal Register Notice (April 2, 2007)
This notice adjusts the dollar limits and size limits used to define small businesses for the ACDBE program. In addition, this document, as required by statute, also adjusts the dollar limits used to define small businesses for the DBE program

49 CFR Part 26, Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
This regulation is designed to create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete. It covers nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts in the Department's highway, transit, and airport financial assistance programs. The regulation specifies program administration requirements; goals, good faith efforts, and counting; DBE certification standards and procedures; and compliance and enforcement. On January 28, 2011, the Department issued a final rule to improve the administration of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program by increasing accountability for recipients with respect to meeting overall goals, modifying and updating certification requirements, adjusting the personal net worth (PNW) threshold for inflation, providing for expedited interstate certification, adding provisions to foster small business participation, improving post-award oversight, and addressing other issues.

Public Laws

SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act:  A Legacy for Users)

PL 104-121, Small Business Regulatory Enforcement and Fairness Act
This act is designed to simplify, develop, and enforce the Federal regulations pertaining to small businesses.

PL 107-100, Small Business Act

This act dictates the actions that each Federal agency must take in order to assist small businesses.

Related Websites

Department of Transportation Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Small Business Administration