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​Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

The DBE is a comprehensive program developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT/FAA) that establishes guidelines for the participation of firms owned and operated by socially and economically disadvantaged firms in DOT/FAA-assisted contracts.

As owner of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and recipient of Federal financial assistance from the DOT/FAA, the Port of Seattle established a DBE Program in alignment with 49 CFR Part 26.

49 CFR Part 26 is a Federal regulation to ensure DBEs have the equal opportunity to compete for and perform DOT/FAA-assisted contracts without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin or sex.

It is The Port of Seattle's policy to:

  1. Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT/FAA-assisted contracts;
  2. Create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT/FAA-assisted contracts;
  3. Ensure that the Port's DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
  4. Ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;
  5. Help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT/FAA-assisted contracts; and
  6. Assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE Program.