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Program Overview

King County has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). The program purpose is to ensure that DBEs have an equal opportunity to participate in USDOT assisted contracts.

DBEs are small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. King County encourages its contractors to maximize the amount of work opportunities available to DBE firms. The County establishes a triennial (three-year) goal for DBE participation levels on its federally funded contracts, and monitors the performance of contractors across all eligible construction, design, and service contracts.

Business owners interested in obtaining DBE certification should contact the State of Washington Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE).

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Fair Share Program

It is the EPA's policy that recipients of EPA financial assistance award a "fair share" of procurement and contracting opportunities to disadvantaged, minority and women-owned businesses. The EPA and the State of Washington have established Fair Share goals for MBE participation and for WBE participation on public works projects. Such participation may be as a prime contractor/consultant, subcontractor, joint-venture, supplier, or other type of work.

Eligible MBE and WBE firms are certified by the Washington State Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprise. BDCC reviews contract procurement and monitors contractor compliance with the Fair Share requirements.

King County DBE Liaison Officer: Sandy Hanks,
King County Metro Transit

Federal Fiscal Years 2021, 2022, and 2023
Proposed Triennial DBE Goal

NOTICE 8/18/2020

King County hereby gives notice of its proposed Triennial DBE goal for utilizing Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) for the Federal Fiscal Years 2021, 2022, and 2023, pursuant to 49 CFR, Part 26, United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Regulations.

FTA Triennial DBE Goal of 10%

The goal will apply to all Federal Transit Administration (FTA) assisted contracts awarded by King County in Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2021, 2022, and 2023. King County is now soliciting comments from the public on its proposed 10% Triennial DBE Goal for FTA assisted projects.

King County’s Triennial DBE Goal for the period FFY 2021 through 2023, and the rationale for the proposed goal percentage are available for inspection on the county’s Business Development and Contract Compliance website at:

These documents are available for review for a period of thirty (30) days following the date of this notice. The Business Development and Contract Compliance Section will accept public comments on the proposed Triennial 10% Overall DBE Utilization Goal for forty-five (45) days after the date of this notice.

Address written comments to:
King County Business Development and Contract Compliance
401 Fifth Avenue, Third Floor
Seattle, WA 98104-1818

Comments can also be sent to the Regional Civil Rights Officer, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Regional Office, 915 Second Avenue, Suite 3142, Seattle WA 98174.