Minority-owned Business Enterprise & Women-owned Business Enterprise Program (MBE & WBE Program)
At the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO) this program is applied to all contracts for bid/proposal that are funded entirely by DRPA revenue.
Staff from the Office of Business Development & Equal Opportunity (OBD&EO) carefully review the project scope, estimated dollar value of the contract, and potential subcontracting opportunities for "ready, willing and able" MBEs or WBEs to determine whether MBE and WBE participation goals should be established. When M/WBE participation goals are established for the project the DRPA expects bidders/proposers to exercise "substantial good faith efforts" to locate certified MBEs and WBEs to participate on the project.
Under the provisions of the MBE & WBE Program, at bid time, bidders/proposers are required to submit their M/WBE plan (to be reported on the "M/WBE Commitment Sheet") which: (1) identifies the MBEs and WBEs they will use on the project if they are the successful bidder or proposer; (2) provides a description of the services to be performed by the MBEs and WBEs; and (3) states the dollar value of the work to be performed by the M/WBEs.
In order for participation by MBEs and WBEs to count toward the participation goals the MBEs and WBEs must be certified at bid time by a certifying entity approved by the Office of Business Development & Equal Opportunity.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program (DBE program)
This program governs all contracts for bid/proposal that are funded in whole, or in part, by funds received from the Federal Department of Transportation.
In March of 1999, a new DBE regulation [49 CFR Parts 26 and 23 (Airport Concessions)] took effect and revamped the U.S. Department of Transportation's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program and imposed requirements on states to narrowly tailor their DBE programs and establish Unified Certification Programs (UCPs).
On February 28, 2012, pursuant to the Final Rule set forth in Federal Register [76 FR 5083 – Disadvantaged Business Enterprise: Program Improvement], DRPA submitted an amendment to its DBE Program, entitled SBE Participation Element to the Federal Transit Administration. The FTA approved the DRPA’s proposed SBE Participation Element on September 17, 2012, finding that the Authority’s SBE Participation Element meets the requirements set forth in the DBE regulations.
Toni P. Brown, Chief Administrative Officer at the Delaware River Port Authority, serves as the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer (DBELO) for the Delaware River Port Authority. As the DBELO, Ms. Brown is responsible for implementing all aspects of the Authority’s DBE program. Implementation of the DBE program is accorded the same priority as compliance with all other legal obligations incurred by the DRPA in its financial assistance agreements with the federal DOT.
Under the DBE regulation all recipients in each state of funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (U.S. DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) are required to band together and implement a Unified Certification Program (UCP) that will provide "one-stop-shopping" for DBEs.
The DRPA recognizes the Unified Certification Programs in the State of New Jersey (NJ UCP) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (PA UCP) and will accept certifications performed by both UCPs. For more information on both UCP’s please visit www.paucp.com and www.njucp.net.