49 CFR Part 23
USDOT Regulations - Participation of disadvantaged business enterprises in airport concessions.
49 CFR Part 26
USDOT Regulations - Participation of disadvantaged business enterprises in Department of Transportation financial assistance programs.
ACDBE Program Joint Venture Guidance
Information and guidance on the structure, implementation, and counting of joint venture arrangements in the ACDBE Program.
DBE Appeal Decisions
Appeal decisions rendered by USDOT's Office of Civil Rights concerning firms denied certification or whose certification eligibility was removed by a recipient of federal funds.
State DOT and DBE Program Web Pages
Information on Departments of Transportation and DBE programs in each state and Puerto Rico. Access to state DBE directories.
Frequently Asked Questions – 49 CFR Part 23
USDOT's official questions and answers on DBE participation in the airport concessions program.
Frequently Asked Questions – 49 CFR Part 26
USDOT's official questions and answers on DBE participation in its financial assistance programs.
USDOT's Final Rule
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise: Program Implementation Modifications
ACRP Report 126
A Guidebook for Increasing Diverse and Small Business Participation in Airport Business Opportunities
ACRP Report 54
Resource Manual for Airport In-Terminal Concessions
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