2017 Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Disparity Study
Welcome to the 2017 ITD Disparity Study web page. This page provides information about:
- Disparity study background and purpose;
- Disparity study progress and next steps; and
- How you can actively engage in the disparity study process.
Please make use of the informational links that can be found at the bottom of this page.
Background. ITD has retained BBC Research & Consulting (BBC) to conduct a disparity study that will provide information to help ITD refine future implementations of the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. The study includes analyses of the participation of minority-and woman-owned businesses in prime contracts and subcontracts that ITD awarded during the study period (October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2015).
The study kicked off in July 2016 and is expected to be complete by January, 2017. For details about
the study schedule, visit the Project Schedule page.
Purpose of the study. The 2017 ITD Disparity Study will include a comprehensive analysis of:
- The percentage of total transportation-related construction and professional services contracts dollars that minority- and woman-owned businesses received on prime contracts and subcontracts between October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2015 (referred to as utilization);
- The percentage of dollars that those businesses would be expected to receive based on their availability to perform work on such prime contracts and subcontracts (referred to as availability);
- Any differences between the participation of minority- and woman-owned businesses in relevant contracts and the availability of those businesses to perform that work (referred to as disparities);
- Legal considerations surrounding implementation of the federal DBE program;
- Marketplace conditions for minorities, women, and minority- and woman-owned businesses;
- Contracting practices and assistance programs that ITD currently has in place; and
- Potential program measures that ITD could consider implementing as part of its implementation of the federal DBE program or other small business programs.
ITD will provide regular updates about recently completed milestones and next steps throughout the course of the disparity study. Please check back periodically for those updates.
Project initiation. ITD and the BBC study team initiated the 2017 ITD Disparity Study in
July 2016 with a meeting in Boise. The study team met with representatives from ITD
to introduce the study and to answer questions. For materials that the study team
presented during the project initiation meeting, visit the Library page.
Utilization data collection. BBC began working with ITD in late July 2016 to collect data
on contracts and agreements that were awarded during the study period and on vendors
that participated in those contracts.
Public meetings. ITD and BBC will conduct three public meetings throughout the
state in August 2016. For more information on dates, times, and locations for the
public meetings, visit the Events page.
Continue utilization data collection. The BBC study team will continue to work with
ITD to collect data on transportation-related construction and professional services
contracts that ITD awarded during the study period.
Begin utilization data analysis. The study team will begin analyzing utilization data
in August 2016. BBC's analysis will examine the percentage of total
transportation-related construction and professional services contract dollars
that minority- and woman-owned businesses received on prime contracts and
subcontracts during the study period.
Availability surveys. BBC will begin conducting availability surveys in August 2016.
The study team will attempt to contact all businesses in the â€œrelevant geographic
market areaâ€ that perform work that is relevant to ITD's transportation-related
and professional services contracts. The study team will collect information that is
relevant to determining each business' availability for the ITD's work, such as primary
line of work; geographic scope of services; and qualifications
and interest in working for
ITD and other government entities. The surveys will also collect information about business characteristics such as revenue, size, and race/ethnicity, and gender of ownership.
In-depth interviews. The study team will begin conducting in-depth interviews with 25
business owners and trade association representatives throughout the local marketplace
in September 2016. The project team will interview a mix of businesses that have participated
in ITD contracting in the past and businesses available for ITD contracts that may not have
been successful in obtaining that work.
The interviews will be conducted with certified and
non-certified minority- and woman-owned businesses as well as with non-Hispanic
white male-owned businesses.