TRB Webinar: Understanding Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Interstate Certification

May 01, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM U.S. Eastern
Cost (for your seat)
Professional Development Hours for this webinar
1.50 hour(s)
Continuing Education Hours for this webinar
AAE: 0.00 hour(s)
AICP: 0.00 hour(s)
CLE: 1.75 hour(s)

TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET to discuss interstate certification challenges within the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. The interstate certification component of the DBE program has often caused confusion. This webinar will focus on the details of the DOT’s interstate rule in order to enable state DOTs, certifiers, DBE firms, and other impacted parties to better understand the purpose of the rule. Presenters will discuss the available review options, describe allowable supporting documentation, and identify grounds for good cause denial determinations. 

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

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

Webinar Presenters

  • Marc Pentino, U.S. DOT Department of Civil Rights
  • Martha Kenley, U.S. Federal Highway Administration Department of Civil Rights

Moderated by: Ruth Byrd-Smith, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Webinar Outline

  1. Purpose of interstate certification
  2. Interstate certification data collected by the U.S. Department of Transportation
  3. Interstate certification options
  4. Requesting additional information from the DBE firm
  5. Good cause findings and procedures
  6. Entering interstate certification rejection dispositions into the USDOT database
  7. 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.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss uniform practices in the DBE program
  • Describe how to make well-reasoned decisions with interstate certification issues
  • Identify misunderstandings about interstate certification
  • Identify ways to that interstate certification may streamlined to decrease burdens on DBEs and DOT Recipients

 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 approved webinars, TRB’s webinar program awards Registered Continuing Education Provider (RCEP) Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits associated with participation only to the registered individual and not to other members of a group that view the webinar together. To receive PDH credits, please register as an individual and sign into the webinar from your personal computer. After doing this, you may join your group in a meeting room.  To be eligible for the credits, individuals must remain signed in for the entire webinar, including for any question and answer session following the presentations.

In addition, advance registration is available until just before the webinar starts. Once the webinar starts, you will be unable to submit your registration. Individuals that are registered for a webinar but do not receive their confirmation emails due to their organization’s internal firewalls should contact the TRB Helpdesk ( for assistance in signing in.

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 2018. 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 1.75 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