Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

The main objectives of the DBE Program are:

  • To ensure that our contractors comply with DBE laws and requirements.
  • To ensure that DBEs can compete fairly for federally funded transportation-related projects.
  • To ensure that only eligible firms participate as DBEs.
  • To assist DBE firms in competing outside the DBE Program.

Alaska Approved Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program PDF document 5.7 MB

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DBE Applicants Must Meet These Criteria

  • business status, including size
  • social & economic disadvantage
  • ownership
  • independence
  • management and control

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Alaska Unified Certification Program (AUCP)

The Alaska Unified Certification Program (AUCP), which is mandated by the US Department of Transportation and administered by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) Civil Rights Office (CRO), is your "one-stop" certification process which provides you an opportunity to participate as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) on projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that are let by numerous agencies throughout the State of Alaska.

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The Certification Process

Submitting the Application

A completed application and supporting documentation demonstrating eligibility must be submitted to the Civil Rights Office. Certification applications are processed in the order they are received. It generally takes no more that 90 days to review an application after a completed application and all supporting documentation have been received.

Interstate Certification

The Alaska Unified Certification Program (AUCP) will consider all firms seeking DBE Certification in Alaska if the applicant’s firm is currently certified in their home state. Certification is dependent on a review of the current home state certification in accordance with Federal regulations 49 CFR 26.85. More information found here.

Determining Eligibility

Disadvantaged owners are interviewed in person and an on-site inspection of the business is conducted. After the interview, the Civil Rights Office representative prepares a summary that is used to determine whether the firm meets the eligibility requirements for certification as a DBE.

If a firm is awarded certification, it becomes eligible for participation as a DBE on transportation-related contracts with federal funding. Information about the certified firm is placed in the DBE Directory for distribution.

If a firm is denied certification, it is notified about the reasons why and is provided information on its appeal rights. Denied firms must appeal directly to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Updating Certification.

Annually, on the anniversary of the firm's certification, all DBE firms are required to update information about ownership, management, equipment, employees, business size, and personal net worth.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements for certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) are set out in Title 49, Part 26, of the CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS (CFR). The following discussion summarizes key information, but does not cover all requirements.

Business Status.

The applicant firm must be an existing "for profit" business. It must also meet the federal definition of a small business based on its primary NAICS code, as described by the Small Business Administration (SBA), and must not exceed $23.98 million in annual gross receipts averaged over a three-year period. This size standard is for construction related work. Depending on the type of work the business performs, other size standards may apply.

Social and Economic Disadvantage.

A disadvantaged owner must be a U.S. citizen (or resident alien) and meet the federal definition of socially and economically disadvantaged as defined in 49 CFR 26.67. Presumptive groups include Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Asian-Americans, Women, and other minorities designated by the SBA. Individuals who can demonstrate social and economic disadvantage on an individual basis may also qualify.

Business Ownership.

Disadvantaged owners must hold at least 51% ownership in the firm and must control the day-to-day operation and management of the business.

Professional License.

When a firm's primary line of work requires a professional license, the disadvantaged owner must hold the license.

Personal Net Worth.

The Personal Net Worth of a disadvantaged owner cannot exceed $1.32 million.

Ownership of Resources.

A DBE firm must not rely on other individuals or businesses for its employees, equipment, or other resources.

Other Business Involvement.

DBE owners cannot engage in outside employment or other business interests that conflict with their management and control of the applicant firm.

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Certification Links

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