TRB Webinar: Legally Defensible Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Disparity Studies

June 13, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM U.S. Eastern
Cost (for your seat)
Professional Development Hours for this webinar
1.5 hour(s)
Continuing Education Hours for this webinar
AAE: 0.0 hour(s)
AICP: 0.0 hour(s)
CLE: 1.3 hour(s)

TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM ET that will discuss how to commission Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program disparity studies to satisfy legal and constitutional imperatives. The DBE program is a U.S. Department of Transportation mandate which ensures that federally assisted contracts for highway, transit, and aviation projects are made available to small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Disparity studies are often used by state departments of transportation to improve their mandatory DBE triennial goal submissions. Presenters from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will discuss how to conduct a methodologically sound and legally defensible DBE disparity studies. They will also provide recommendations for getting the most out of these studies.

This webinar was organized by the TRB Standing Committee on Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. 

Some registrants will need to pay $95 to attend this webinarSign into to view registration information. 

Webinar Presenters

  • Martha Kenley, Federal Highway Administration
  • James Esselman, Federal Highway Administration

Moderated by:  Denesha James, United States Department of Transportation

Webinar Outline

  1. FHWA definition of a DBE program disparity study
  2. Role of legal counsel and the state departments of transportation DBE Liaison Officer
  3. Verifiable DBE data
  4. How to cast a wider net by capturing data on potential DBEs
  5. Factors that impact state DOTs
  6. Modelling tips: Role of weighting and regression analysis
  7. Recommendations: How to get the most out of the study
  8. Question and answer session

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions. The Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP) categorizes this webinar activity as relating to health, safety, and welfare including core technical.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify what needs to be included in a DBE program disparity study that passes constitutional muster
  • Describe how to use DBE program data
  • Discuss how to improve current data and recordkeeping
  • Identify how a study can be used to improve DBE triennial goal-setting, DBE supportive services, and race-neutral means or measures

Professional Development Hour Information

A certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be provided to Professional Engineers (PEs) who register and attend the webinar as an individual. For groups, only the person that registers and attends the session will receive a PDH certificate. Certificates of Completion will be issued only to individuals who register for and attend the entire webinar session.

Individuals registered as Florida PEs are no longer required to email TRB with your license number to report your attendance. Instead, please use your certificate that TRB provides through as verification of your attendance to the Florida Board of Professional Engineers.

Please check with your licensing board to ensure that TRB webinar PDHs are approved by your board.

This webinar was developed in October 2017. TRB has met the standards and requirements of the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP). Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to RCEP by TRB. Complaints about registered providers may be sent to RCEP, 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Website:

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits 

TRB is offering 1.25 CLE credits for this webinar. TRB did not seek approval for the above listed workshop from the state board, so we advise that you contact your state board prior to registering for the webinar to see if credits would be accepted. Registered webinar attendees who sign in and view the entire webinar will receive a link to a certificate that they can fill out and provide to their board. Complete a certificate for each state in which you are required to file. Rules for CLE in some states require the provider to file attendance with the regulator as a service to lawyers. Please confirm jurisdictional reporting requirements with the state regulator. This certificate should be filed with the appropriate MCLE Board(s) or Commission(s) within 30 days of activity. Introductory remarks, keynote addresses, business meetings, breaks, receptions, etc., are not included in the computation of credit. TRB will retain a copy of your attendance; however, TRB is not required to submit attendance to the board.

Registration questions? Contact Reggie Gillum at