Contracting Diversity News

We established this diversity-in-contracting focus journal in 2005 to help the DBE, M/WBE, DVBE, and small business community stay informed about pertinent public procurement news and events.



Bill on increasing SDVOSB utilization considered

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill, H.R. 3511, which, if passed, would direct the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide training to various federal agencies that do not succeed in hitting...

Published Jul 12, 2023


Virginia Department of Transportation proposes triennial DBE goal

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has published a proposed DBE participation goal for federally-funded transportation projects during the period of October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2026. The goal has be...

Published Jul 11, 2023


Pennsylvania seeking public comment as part of disparity study

The Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) is currently conducting a disparity study on the experience of diverse businesses in doing or attempting to do business with the state. As part of the disparity study, ...

Published Jun 27, 2023


Delaware County to conduct disparity study

Delaware County has decided to commission a disparity study into its procurement procedures. The study will investigate whether minority-owned, women-owned, LGBTQQIA+-owned, and disabled veteran-owned businesses face barri...

Published Jun 22, 2023


Culver CityBus seeking comment on 2023-2025 DBE goal

Culver CityBus, of Culver City, California, is seeking public comment on its proposed 2023-2025 DBE participation goal. Culver CityBus is required to set such goals as a recipient of federal transportation funding....

Published Jun 22, 2023


MWBE equity package advances in Illinois state legislature

New legislation advancing equity for minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) and other diverse businesses has recently passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly. HB 2878, sponsored by State Senator Cristina ...

Published Jun 20, 2023


Shelby County to reinstate minority contracting program

Shelby County is currently moving forward with plans to reinstate its minority- and woman-owned business (MWBE) contracting program after a three-year hiatus. The hiatus came after the settlement of a lawsuit by Mechanical...

Published Jun 20, 2023


Gwinnett County to conduct disparity study

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners has voted in favor of commissioning a disparity study into the County's utilization of minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) in its public procurement. The study ...

Published Jun 20, 2023


City of Austin seeking public comment on DBE goal

The City of Austin is currently seeking public comment on its proposed DBE participation goal for the triennial period of fiscal years 2024 through 2026. The City is required to set such participation goals as a recipient ...

Published Jun 20, 2023


WisDOT seeks comment on revised triennial DBE participation goal

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is seeking public comment on its proposed DBE participation goal for the triennial period of 2024 through 2026. WisDOT is required to set such DBE participation goals as ...

Published Jun 16, 2023


Illinois Tollway to hold informational meeting for disparity study

Illinois Tollway is hosting in-person and virtual informational public meetings related to a recent disparity study on the Tollway's DBE utilization. The meeting (both in-person and virtual) will be held at 2 PM on June 8t...

Published Jun 07, 2023


Clark County School District receives disparity study results

Clark County School District (CCSD) is currently considering the results of a disparity study into CCSD public contracts during the period of fiscal years 2017 through 2021. The study made findings of statistically signifi...

Published May 30, 2023


Winston-Salem City Council receives MWBE report

The Winston-Salem City Council recently received a report on the utilization of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in City contracting for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The report found that MWBEs received over $16 ...

Published May 30, 2023


Delaware County seeking comment for disparity study

Delaware County is beginning the process of conducting a disparity study into the experiences of minority-owned, women-owned, and other diverse-owned businesses in competing for public contract work with the County. Should...

Published May 24, 2023


San Antonio makes strides in MWBE usage

The City of San Antonio has dramatically increased its utilization of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in its contracting over recent years, according to a new disparity study commissioned by the study which wa...

Published May 17, 2023