ODOT changes minority rules

New rules make it harder for contractors to meet minority and women participation goals.

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New rules from the Oregon Department of Transportation make it harder for contractors to meet goals for minority and women participation in state projects.

The new rules more tightly specify what work can be credited for disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) contractors.

Under the change, those contractors earn credit only for work they do under the specific codes in which they are certified. If a DBE contractor performs work classified under another code, the work doesn’t count toward the project’s DBE

“It happens fairly regularly,” said Jill Miller, program manager with ODOT’s DBE program. Subcontractors often broaden their expertise on job.

Read the full story at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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