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DOT Makes Changes in DBE and ACDBE Programs

On February 2 and 3, 2010, the Department of Transportation (DOT) published a series of notices regarding the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programs. In a notice of proposed rulemaking, DOT proposed to remove the "sunset" provision in the ACDBE rules and solicited comments on possible changes in the rules to better achieve the ACDBE program's objectives. Comments on changes in the rules must be submitted by November 1, 2010. In another notice, DOT amended the DBE rules to require recipients of financial assistance to submit DBE goals every three years. The previous rule required that DBE goals be submitted annually. In the third notice, DOT requested comments on its plan to extend the requirement of the DBE rules that recipients of financial assistance maintain a DBE directory and report on DBE participation. The deadline for comments is April 5, 2010.