John L. Huffman
Transportation Equal Employment Unit Supervisor
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has had
in effect for more than 25 years a policy of helping small
business owned and controlled by socially and economically
disadvantaged individuals, including minorities and women, in
participating in contracting opportunities created by DOT
financial assistance programs. The Department through its
Operating Administrations distributes in excess of $20 billion
annually to help finance thousands of projects across the
nation. Approximately 85% of the assistance dollars is allocated
to State highway and transportation agencies for highway
In 1983, Congress enacted the first disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) statutory provision. This provision required the Department to ensure that at least 10% of the funds authorized for the highway and transit financial assistance programs be expended with DBEs. In 1987, Congress re-authorized and amended the statutory DBE program. In the transportation legislation of that year, Congress, among other changes, added women to the groups presumed to be disadvantaged. Since 1987 DOT has established a single DBE goal, encompassing both firms owned by women and minority group members.
Primarily, three major DOT operating administrations are involved in the DBE program. They are the Federal Highway Administration, The Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Transit Administration. The DOT DBE program is carried out by the state and local transportation agencies under the rules and guidelines in the Code of Federal Regulations. (Title 49, Part 26).
For more information on applying for DBE certification with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), please contact John Huffman at (334) 353-6469.