OBJECTIVE
MGT was retained by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to conduct a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) study – availability and disparity. The purpose of the study was to determine the absence or presence of discrimination in federal aid contracting in Alaska as well as how that relates to implementing an affirmative action program in public contracting. Included in the study were a legal review, a review of policies and procedures, the assessment and collection of data, the determination of market area, utilization, availability and disparity analyses, private sector (non-goal) analyses, the collection of anecdotal information, recommendations, and a draft and final report.

METHODOLOGY
MGT worked with the State to gather data of DBE spending in State contracting. MGT conducted a non-goal analysis of spending with DBE firms where there were no DBE goals. MGT determined there was factual predicate evidence to continue the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program.

OUTCOME
MGT proposed DBE goals for future utilization, expansion of the collection of bidder and subcontractor/subconsultant data. In addition, MGT recommended the establishment of aspirational subcontracting goals.