DBE Policy Statement

Objectives/Policy Statement (26.23)

Knoxville Area Transit has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. Knoxville Area Transit has received Federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation, and as a condition of receiving this assistance, Knoxville Area Transit has signed an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26. 

It is the policy of Knoxville Area Transit to ensure that DBEs, as defined in part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts. It is also our policy—
  1. To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts;
  2. To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;
  3. To ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
  4. To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;
  5. To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts; and
  6. To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE Program.
The Director of Procurement of Knoxville Area Transit has been delegated as the DBE Liaison Officer. In that capacity, the Director of Procurement is responsible for implementing all aspects of the DOT DBE program.
Implementation of the DBE program is accorded the same priority as compliance with all other legal obligations incurred by the City of Knoxville/Knoxville Area Transit in its financial assistance agreements with the Department of Transportation.
Knoxville Area Transit has disseminated this policy statement to the Knoxville Transportation Authority and all the components of our organization. We have distributed this statement to DBE and non-DBE business communities that perform work for us on DOT-assisted contracts through business organization exchanges, bulletin boards, newspapers, and organizational publications targeted to DBE's.

This statement was originally signed by Dawn Distler, Director of Transit of the City of Knoxville, on June 1, 2014.