DBE Plans and Goals

WisDOT 2021 DBE Program Plan

Public Notice

The Department of Transportation issued a final rule on December 14, 2020, applicable to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) program regarding an annual inflationary adjustment to the business size standard (business size limit/gross receipts cap) for businesses participating in the DBE program under 49 CFR part 26 and pursuant to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021. (DBE/ACDBE Size Standards | US Department of Transportation)

  1. Effective March 1, 2022 the business size standard for applicant and certified DBEs seeking to participate in FHWA and FTA-assisted contracts is $28.48 million (adjusted from $26.29 million). This adjustment does not apply to the Airport Concession DBE (ACDBE) program under 49 CFR part 23.
  2. Applicant and certified firms must still meet the size standard appropriate to the type of work the firm seeks to perform on DOT-assisted contracts. Business size standards vary by industry according to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code(s) defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
  3. The $28.48 million business size standard does not apply to FAA-assisted projects. DBE firms participating in FAA-assisted projects must meet the size standard appropriate to the type of work, based solely on the applicable NAICS code size standard for that work. Unified Certification Program (UCP) directories must clearly indicate which firms are only eligible for counting on FAA-assisted work.


The program goals for DBE participation covers three modal administrations:

  • Highways
  • Transit
  • Airports

The three modal DBE goals contain component goals, as well as how the goals will be met by race-conscious (meaning assigned goal) and/or by race-neutral (meaning voluntary efforts).

The detailed goal information, breakdowns and rationale will be available for inspection and upon request (see contact information below).

Wisconsin Department of Transportation [WisDOT] Proposed Annual DBE Goals for Federal Highway Funded Contracts for October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2023 & Request​ for Report Feedback and Evidence of Ongoing Discrimination

This memorandum communicates the department’s preliminary calculations report outlining the proposed Triennial Disadvantaged Business Enterprise [DBE] Participation Goal for Wisconsin Department of Transportation contracts funded with federal dollars to be executed in federal fiscal years 2021, 2022, and 2023. This DBE Goal Proposal is presented to the public for review, comment, and the addition of evidence or data documenting the ongoing effects of discrimination in Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s contracting environment.

Please note, the public comment period closed July 31, 2020.

This DBE Goal percentage is calculated to reflect the relative availability of Wisconsin’s DBE certified firms and DBE certification-eligible firms who specialize in transportation-related work types.

WisDOT’s projected DBE goal calculation is 12.41% for October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2023. See final report.

We strongly encourage you to review our proposal and submit any evidence of ongoing discrimination in Wisconsin Department of Transportation contract administration activities during this public review period.

​​According to the USDOT’s guidance on DBE program implementation, WisDOT must provide opportunity for your feedback and evidence which may include:

  • Comments on this report, methodology, proposed goals, and WisDOT’s contracting practices
  • Documentation of the effects of discrimination in financial markets
  • Any data relevant to DBE's ability or opportunity to participate on contracts

2023 - 2025 Proposed Transit DBE Goal

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 49 CFR Part 26, announces its (3) three-year transit DBE goal of 1.61% for the period beginning October 1, 2022 and ending September 30, 2025.

The goal is for DBE participation on contracts assisted by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded by WisDOT and its subrecip​​ients.

The proposed goal and its rationale are available for public review, inspection, and comment during normal business hours until Wednesday, July 13, 2022. The final FFY 2023-202 WisDOT transit DBE goal will be submitted to the Federal Transit Administration by August 1, 2022.

Comments should be sent to:

Becky Soderholm, Compliance Manager
WI Department of Transportation
4822 Madison Yards Way, 6th Floor South
Madison, WI 53705
Tel: (608)266-1650

Bureau of Aeronautics DBE Goals for FFY 2022-2024

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 49 CFR Part 26, hereby announces its three year aviation FFY 2022-2024 for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Airport Construction Projects. ​The goal is for DBE participation on contracts assisted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Written comments pertaining to this goals should be sent to the attention of:

Shannon Clary
WisDOT – Aeronautics Equal Rights Officer
4802 Sheboygan Ave, Rm 701
Madison, WI 53707-7914
Tel: (608) 264-7607
Fax: (608) 267-6748