BIS Program Description

This Section is responsible for administering the rules and regulations governing the Minority Business Enterprise/Women Business Enterprise/Other Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE/OBE) Subcontractor Outreach Program established by Mayor's Executive Directive 2001-26 for the Department of Public Works.

This program requires all respondents to Requests for Bids (RFB), Requests for Proposals (RFPs), and Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) on City funded projects with an estimated value over $100,000 to perform subcontractor outreach to all available MBE/WBE/OBE firms which could perform a portion of the scope of work required in the respective RFB, RFP, or RFQ.

As proof of the respondent's outreach efforts, the respondent is required to submit adequate Good Faith Effort documentation sufficient to meet the requirements as defined in the bid/proposal specifications.

The Good Faith Effort documentation is then evaluated by this Section. Upon award of a contract, the Section monitors the contractor/proposer to ensure the utilization of the subcontractors/suppliers pledged in the bid/proposal.

Additionally, the Section recommends penalties for illegal subcontractor substitutions, unapproved reductions in subcontract amounts, and utilization of unapproved subcontractors upon the completion of the contract.

The Section is also responsible for administering the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program for Federally funded projects for the Department of Public Works. When the City pursues any Federal DOT funding for a project, the DBE Program must be adhered to as a condition of receiving the DOT funding.

Therefore, respondents to RFBs, RFPs, or RFQs with DBE Program requirements must adhere to the DBE requirements as defined in the bid/proposal specifications The Section is responsible for evaluating the respondent's bid or proposal to determine its pledged DBE participation level.

The Section then monitors the contracts to verify continuing compliance with the Program requirements such as subcontractor participation, substitutions, and prompt payment.

The Section is also responsible for recommending the assessment of penalties for a contractor failing to comply with any of these requirements.

For further information regarding the MBE/WBE/OBE Subcontractor Outreach Program or the DBE Program, contact the Section Supervisor at (213) 847- 2605 or e-mail the section at