Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
The Regional Planning Commission follows all federal and state laws and guidelines for procurement. As such, all entities pursuing contracts with the RPC need to complete Standard Form 24-102.
In accordance with the regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the RPC has a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) to ensure equal opportunity to participate in and receive DOT assisted contracts. The following are RPC policies pertaining to working with DBEs:
- To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT assisted contracts;
- To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT assisted contracts;
- To ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
- To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;
- To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT assisted contracts;
- To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE Program.
It is also incumbent upon any entity who receives a contract from the Regional Planning Commission to comply with all regulations associated with Title VI.
The Regional Planning Commission participates in a Unified Certification Program (UCP), as required by 49 CFR Part 26.81. All DBEs wishing to be recognized by RPC must be registered members of the Louisiana UCP.
to access LADOTD's UCP and view the list of all certified DBE firms