US DOT Office of Civil Rights Favor NAMC Member in Title 6 Complaint

Advocacy from non-profit organization spotlights non-compliance in WSDOT and STP DBE program administration.
 
 
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WASHINGTON - Nov. 8, 2013 - PRLog -- On Friday, November 1, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) completed its investigation of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Complaint: DOT #2012-2057 and determined that the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) were non-compliant with DBE program requirements regarding the Alaskan Way Viaduct (AWV) Bored Tunnel Project.  As a stipulation of the federal award, STP, prime contractor for the project, was required to meet a DBE contractor goal of 8%. Elton Mason (Washington State Trucking) filed the complaint after he and several other DBEs experienced problems and setbacks during the bidding process.

In a letter, Warren Whitlock, Associate Director, Office of Civil Rights, FHWA notified Mr. Mason the "investigation found that the facts support [his] allegations as well as those of many additional DBEs with similar experience" and stated, "There is reasonable cause to find WSDOT in noncompliance with its obligations under the DBE program requirements." He goes on to outline specific shortcomings finding they "placed artificial barriers in the RFP and created hardships for DBE respondents."

This achievement can be attributed to collaborative and persistent efforts from the leadership of NAMC National, NAMC Washington State Chapter, Elton Mason, the local DBE community and many other strategic partners calling for action from the US Department of Transportation that led to the determination against WSDOT and in favor of the NAMC member.

"This determination has national implications in exposing the wrongdoing within not only this project, but others throughout the country to put everyone on notice," Gloria Shealey, President of NAMC states optimistically. "This is the kind of advocacy that NAMC is known for and we are proud to represent the interests of our minority contractors on a local and national level.    We commend Warren Whitlock and his team for their thorough and diligent efforts in mandating compliance.  NAMC is positioned to offer effective solutions for meeting DBE goals."

The National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) was founded in 1969 to provide access, advocacy and contractor development to its constituent members in collaboration with strategic alliances.  By creating an educational forum for contractor readiness to leverage business opportunities, NAMC promotes the economic inclusion interests of minority contracting firms. The NAMC National Office is located at The Barr Building, 910 17th Street, NW, Suite 413, Washington, DC, 20006.

For more information on NAMC and its regional chapters visit, www.namcnational.org, or contact Bob Brewer, Executive Director, ed@namcnational.org, 202.296.1600.

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