Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)


The Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) Program seeks to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts in the Department's highway, transit, and airport financial assistance programs and to create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts. The FTA Office of Civil Rights is responsible for monitoring FTA recipients' DBE programs and ensuring their compliance with the Department of Transportation's (DOT) DBE regulation found at 49 CFR Part 26.

FRED has developed and implemented a DBE program that conforms to the U.S. DOT standards set forth in 49 CFR Part 26.

How to Become a DBE (PDF)

FRED's DBE Program

Statement of Policy

It is the policy of FRED Transit to ensure that Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and small businesses have an equal opportunity to participate in and receive U.S. DOT-assisted procurements.  It is also our policy to:

  1. Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT–assisted contracts;
  2. Create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;
  3. Implement the DBE Program plan in accordance with applicable law;
  4. Ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to be counted as DBEs on FRED contracts;
  5. Provide DBEs and small business concerns with referrals to business development services so they can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE Program; and.
  6. Monitor and enforce the requirements of the DBE Program on DOT-assisted contracts.

FRED's adopted DBE program can be viewed by selecting FRED's DBE Program

Public Notice: DBE Triennial Goal FY2019-FY2021

To the extent possible, FRED will seek to meet its DBE participation goal through race neutral measures; i.e. without setting specific goals for individual contracts. However, FRED may use race-conscious measures (i.e., set specific goals for individual contracts) if we determine that we will not be able to meet our goal through the use of race-neutral measures.

DBE Liaison Officer

For more information or questions about the DBE Program, please contact:

Ms. Sharon Sullivan

540.372.1222 ext. 705


The Commonwealth of Virginia's DBE Program Information and Certification Process

Information about the Commonwealth’s DBE program; including information that will guide companies through the certification process, can be found on the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity website.

Please be aware that the Commonwealth also has a program for Small, Women and Minority (SWaM) owned businesses.  A certified SWaM business does NOT translate into being certified as a DBE.