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Diversity Compliance Group Tackles GC Issues

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a final rule that will help economically and socially disadvantaged businesses take advantage of opportunities to participate in federally funded highway, transit and airport projects. The final rule, effective February 28, 2011, will also hold states and local agencies more accountable for including disadvantaged businesses in their transportation plans. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program helps small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals compete for government contracts. The Department also requires state and local transportation agencies to establish goals for DBE participation.

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