Disparity studies are the primary means by which agencies that receive U.S. Department of Transportation funding determine whether there is a legal justification for the establishment, continuation, or modification of programs designed to promote the full and fair participation of disadvantaged/minority-owned businesses in government contracting. Recipients of financial assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration must conform to Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 26, which provides criteria for DBE goal-setting methodology. Recipient agencies must set specific goals based on demonstrable evidence of the availability of “ready, willing, and able” disadvantaged business enterprises.
In 2015, John Wayne Airport, Orange County (JWA) conducted a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Disparity Study which examined the procurement of services and products, subcontracting participation of prime contractors/service providers who did business with JWA, and anecdotal evidence collected from a broad cross section of firms who did business, or were interested in doing business, with JWA.
JWA contracted with MGT of America, Inc. (MGT) to conduct the study, which included a review of JWA’s DBE Program. MGT analyzed JWA’s expenditures between July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2015. The budgeted cost of the study was $329,595.00.
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