Equal Opportunity Office
The EOO is comprised of three sections to help complete the mission:
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification- intended to remedy past and current discrimination against disadvantaged business enterprises, ensure a level playing field and foster equal opportunity and non-discrimination in DOT-assisted contracts, improve the flexibility and efficiency of the DBE Certification program, and reduce burdens on small businesses.
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program- supports the DBEs through the Supportive Services Providers to increase the number of certified DBEs participating in the highway program and to contribute to the growth and eventual self-sufficiency of DBE firms. Also, controls the Business Development Initiative which is designed to support the Department's efforts to boost competition, lower prices, and increase support to meet its contracting needs over the next 10 years. The BDI is designed to provide more opportunities and support for small businesses to move from subcontracting and sub consulting to prime contracting and consulting roles.
- Investigations and Compliance- conducts Title VI (focus to prevent discrimination and ensure nondiscrimination in all programs and activities) and Title VII (internal and external Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action) investigations and monitors Contract Compliance (assures compliance of contractors), On The Job Training (OJT) and federal Wage Rate requirements.