California Department of Transportation

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

The Office of Regional Planning (ORP) is responsible for administration of the federal Consolidated Planning Grant (CPG).  The CPG fund sources and types are:

  1. Federal Highway Administration, Metropolitan Planning (FHWA PL)
  2. Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Metropolitan Planning, Section 5303 (FTA § 5303)
  3. FHWA State Planning and Research – Partnership Planning Discretionary Grants
  4. FHWA State Planning and Research – Regional Blueprint Planning Discretionary Grants
  5. FTA State Planning and Research, Section 5304 – Transit Planning Discretionary Grants (FTA § 5304)

The FHWA and FTA require administering agencies, such as ORP, to ensure that subrecipients of CPG funds are in compliance with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Title 49 Code of Federal Regulation Part 26.  Part 26 sets forth requirements for participation by disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE) in federal funding programs. 


DBE program requirements apply to subrecipients of CPG funds.

RTPAs receiving only Rural Planning Assistance funds are not impacted by DBE requirements.

For more information about DBE requirements, please refer to section 6.06 of the Regional Planning Handbook, and section IX.C of the California State Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Plan.


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise: Program Implementation Modifications

The Department has issued a final rule amending its DBE Program. The Final Rule Changes Effective as of November 3, 2014. For more information, visit the United States Department of Transportation website at



Subrecipients with contracting opportunities can find a listing of certified DBEs at


Biannually, the Department must report DBE participation in its federal programs to the FTA and FHWA. To this end, subrecipients with contracting opportunities must submit information regarding successful bidders and contract payments to ORP. Subrecipients without contracting opportunities must also submit information.   

The marked FTA Uniform Report of DBE Commitments/Awards and Payments is due twice a year:  April 1st and October 1st.  The completed forms are sent to the appropriate Headquarters District Liaison listed below. 

The designated DBE contacts for each subrecipient will receive an electronic reminder to submit a DBE report.

Angela Shepard, (916) 651-6010, Districts 6 and 10

Tyler Monson, (916) 653-8699, Districts 2 and 5

Andrew Knapp, (916) 651-8202, Districts 1 and 9

Jelani Young, (916) 651-6889, Districts 3 and 4

Jacqueline Hodaly, (916) 653-9255, Districts 7, 8, 11 and 12



For assistance with completing the DBE report, please contact Angela Shepard at (916) 651-6010.