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DBE Attainment

Description: Measurement of how much federal-contract funding goes to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). The DBE Program is a legislatively mandated U.S. Department of Transportation program that applies to federal-aid dollars expended on federally-assisted contracts issued by TxDOT.

What is the trend?: (Federal FY 2017 to Federal FY 2018 comparison)

  • Total: Performance Improving green arrow going up

How it is measured: DBE attainment is the ratio of dollars awarded or committed to DBEs to total dollars awarded in prime contracts under two categories:

  1. Race-conscious (RC): Programs that focus only on assisting DBEs, such as the use of individual contract goals. In contracts, the Department establishes RC goals.
  2. Race-neutral (RN): Activities or programs that benefit and assist all small businesses equally, including DBEs. In contracts, RN represents dollars that exceed the RC goal.

The Department must meet the maximum feasible portion of the overall goal by using race-neutral means of facilitating race-neutral DBE participation. Race-neutral DBE participation includes any time a DBE wins a prime contract through customary competitive procurement procedures or is awarded a subcontract on a prime contract that does not carry a DBE contract goal.

Example: $75 awarded under race-conscious programs with DBE businesses on federally funded contracts and $1000 in total dollars awarded in prime contracts on federally funded contracts equates to a DBE Attainment of 7.5 percent.

DBE attainment is reported semiannually to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Why this matters: The DBE program ensures that federally assisted contracts for highway, transit and aviation projects are made available to minority- or women-owned businesses and socially and/or economically disadvantaged people.

HUB Attainment

Description: Measurement of how much state-contract funding goes to Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs).

The HUB Program is a legally required state program managed by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

What is the trend?: (State FY 2017 to State FY 2018 comparison)

  • Building construction: Performance Declining red arrow going down
  • Special trade construction: Performance Improving green arrow going up
  • Other services: Performance Declining red arrow going down
  • Professional services: Performance Improving green arrow going up
  • Commodities: Performance Declining red arrow going down
  • Heavy construction: Performance Improving green arrow going up

How it is measured: HUB attainment is the ratio of dollars spent with HUBs to total expenditures (or dollars spent) with all businesses under six categories:

  1. Building construction
  2. Special trade construction
  3. Professional services
  4. Other services
  5. Commodities
  6. Heavy construction*

Example: $100 spent with HUB businesses for state-funded building construction contracts and $1000 in total expenditures on state-funded building construction contracts equates to a HUB attainment of 10 percent.

HUB attainment is reported quarterly to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

*TxDOT’s heavy construction projects are exempt from the HUB program under Texas Government Code §2161.004. TxDOT instead uses federal DBE goals. Both the DBE and HUB program goals are overall goals without preference to any particular group or set asides.

In the HUB report, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts only reports on firms that have HUB certification. As a result, those firms that have DBE certification only are not represented in the HUB contracting reports for TxDOT. These firms are mainly in the heavy construction category since construction projects have DBE goals.

Why this matters: The HUB Program was created to promote full and equal procurement opportunities for small and minority- and women-owned businesses.

Direct Transportation Funding

Description: Measurement of funds spent on transportation costs, excluding support services.

What is the trend?: (FY 2017 to FY 2018 comparison)

  • Direct transportation funding: Performance Improving green arrow going up

How it is measured: Direct transportation funding is the ratio of funds spent towards direct strategies to total funds spent, or direct plus indirect strategies.

When TxDOT submits a budget request, the Texas Legislature will review, modify and approve that request, which will make up the General Appropriations Act (GAA). Those appropriations are allocated at both a direct and indirect strategy level. Indirect strategies excluded from direct transportation funding are:

  • Central administration
  • Information resources
  • Other support services

All other funding strategies are direct.

Why this matters: As a state agency, TxDOT must be a good steward of its resources and promote fiscal responsibility in spending by strategy.

Foster Stewardship

Ensure efficient use of state resources.

Objectives for goal:

  • Use fiscal resources responsibly.
  • Protect our natural resources.
  • Operate efficiently and manage risk.

Performance measures for goal:

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