BIS Program Description

This section is responsible for administering the rules and regulations governing  the City of Los Angeles Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBEs), Woman-owned Business Enterprises (WBEs), Small Business Enterprises (SBEs), Emerging Business Enterprises (EBEs), Disabled Veteran-Business Enterprises (DVBEs), and all Other Business Enterprises (OBEs) Subcontractor Outreach Program for Public Work contracts, established by Mayor’s Executive Directive 14.
This program requires all respondents to Public Works Request for Bids (RFB), Request for Proposals (RFP), and Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on City funded projects to preform subcontractor outreach to all available MBE/WBE/SBE/EBE/OBE firms which could perform a portion of the scope of work required in the respective RFB, RFP, RFQ.  

As proof of the respondent’s outreach efforts, the respondent is required to fulfill the Business Inclusion Program outreach requirements on LABAVN as defined in the bid/proposal specifications.   

The Business Inclusion Program is then evaluated by this Section. Upon award of the Public Works 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/SBE/EBE/DVBE/OBE Business Inclusion Program or the DBE Program, e-mail the section at