Our Policy Statement is below and the entire document can be accessed at the following link: WestCAT DBE Program (Amended) (1640k file)
Western Contra Costa Transit Authority Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Policy Statement
Section 26.1, 26.23 Objectives/Policy Statement The Western Contra Costa Transit Authority, herein after referred to as “WestCAT”, has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. WestCAT has received Federal financial assistance from the DOT, and as a condition of receiving this assistance, WestCAT has signed an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26.
It is the policy of WestCAT to ensure that DBEs are defined in part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts. It is also our policy:
- 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.
WestCAT’s policies prohibit discrimination against any person because of race, color, sex or national origin, in the award or performance of any contract subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Part 26.
WestCAT requires its employees, agents and contractors to adhere to the provisions of this Program. WestCAT delegated Robert Thompson as the DBE Liaison Officer (DBELO). In that capacity, the DBELO is responsible for implementing all aspects of the DBE program.
WestCAT in its financial assistance agreements with the Department of Transportation accorded the implementation of the DBE program the same priority as compliance with all other legal obligations incurred. WestCAT disseminated this policy statement to the WestCAT Board of Directors,
WestCAT’s staff and all of the components of our organization. We have distributed this statement to DBE and non-DBE business communities that perform work or are interested in performing work for us on DOT-assisted contracts. The complete DBE Program and overall annual DBE goal analysis are available for review at the WestCAT office:
601 Walter Avenue
Pinole, CA 94564
Contact the DBE Liaison Officer, Robert Thompson, at (510) 724-3331, by fax at (510) 724-5551, or by e-mail.
Our Policy Statement is below and the entire document (including forms) can be accessed via the DBE/SBE Program link above.
Small Business Participation
Western Contra Costa Transit Authority established and implemented a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) element as one of its race-neutral methods of achieving small business participation, including DBE participation, on particular contracts with subcontracting opportunities. The SBE element applies to all WCCTA contracts, regardless of funding source, where WCCTA employs race-neutral /gender-neutral methods. WCCTA will take all reasonable steps to eliminate obstacles to SBE prime contractor or subcontractor participation in WCCTA procurement activities.
Definition of Small Business Enterprise
To participate as an eligible small business in programs administered by WCCTA, a firm must meet both of the following requirements:
A firm (including affiliates) must be an existing small business as defined by Small Business Administration (SBA) regulations, 13 CFR Part 121, under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The firm must hold one of the acceptable certifications listed in Section B below:
b. Even if a firm meets the above requirement, the firm, including affiliates’, average annual gross receipts cannot exceed a maximum of $23.98 million (or as adjusted for inflation by the Secretary of U.S. DOT) over the previous three years. SBA size standards vary by industry, and industries may be higher than the $23.98 million cap. For example, the SBA size standard for a general construction contractor is $36.5 million. If a general construction contractor’s average annual gross receipts over the previous three-years is $25 million, while it is below $36.5 million and meets the SBA size standard, it would be ineligible to participate as a small business for WCCTA purposes as it exceeds $23.98 million.
Please verify the appropriate maximum gross receipts for your type of business. Current SBA size standards found at the link provided:
SBE Program (278k PDF file)