NOTICE OF PROPOSED FY19-21 DBE GOAL
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Par 26, hereby announces its draft Fiscal Year 2019-2021 goal of 17.6% for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation on contracts assisted by the DOT.
The DBE Program and Goal is designed to: (1)ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts;(2)create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;(3)ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;(4) ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;(5)help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts;(6) assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE Program.
The proposed goal and its rationale will be reviewed at the regularly scheduled ARC Board Meeting on July 24, 2019 at 1 PM in the ARC Conference Center located in the ARC offices at 229 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30303. Written comments will be accepted by ARC for 30 days following the publication of this notice.
The proposed goal and its rationale are available for public inspection below, or during normal business hours from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday at the ARC offices. Questions and comments should be directed to Brittany Zwald, DBE Liaison Officer, 229 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30303, by email at email@example.com, or by phone at 470.378.1494.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
ARC policies include equal opportunity for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), as defined in Chapter 49, Part 26 of the Code of Federal Regulations, to participate in the performance of the Commission’s contracts. This policy is more fully described in ARC’s DBE Program and Plan .
If you wish to be considered as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), you must be certified by an appropriate entity. The Georgia Department of Transportation is that entity for the entire state. ARC will accept a certification from another entity that receives US Department of Transportation funds if the certification specifies compliance under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 49, Section 26. If you have questions about our contracting process or the DBE program, please contact Financial Services.
Bid Protest Procedure
Any interested party may file a written protest during the pre-award phase of the procurement process. Any pre-award protest must be received by ARC at least ten (10) business days before solicitation closing using the procedures described below. Any pre-award protest not received by ARC at least ten (10) business days before the solicitation closing will not be addressed.
Post-award protests may only be filed by parties that submitted bona-fide offers in response to the solicitation. Any party registering a post-award protest must do so in writing within five (5) business days of the date of announcement of the award.
Written protests may be submitted by mail to:
Contracts & Grants Analyst
Atlanta Regional Commission
220 Peachtree ST NE, STE 100
Atlanta, GA 30303
Protests can also be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at 678-726-0802. Protests submitted via email must include “Procurement Protest” in the subject line.
Initial notifications must contain the following:
- Name and Title of Protester
- Phone Number
- E-mail Address
- Fax Number
- Title/Name of the procurement against which a complaint/protest is being issued
Within five (5) business days of receipt of notification, ARC will provide the protester with a copy of these Procurement Protest Procedures and a Protest Form. Only protests submitted in writing will be addressed. The protester must return the completed Protest Form to ARC’s Contracts and Grants Analyst named above within five (5) business days of its receipt.
Requests For Proposals (RFPs) and Requests For Qualifications (RFQs)
ARC’s policy is that all procurement transactions will be conducted in a manner that provides maximum open and free competition consistent with the efficient performance of our work program and with the Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments (the federal “Common Rule”).
ARC maintains a list of consulting firms eligible for consideration for future Requests for Proposals. For your firm to be included in the list, please complete the Potential Consultant Application, including the appropriate areas of expertise. You may also include a qualification package when you return the application. Form and content for the qualification package are left to the discretion of your firm.