Can the Federal Transportation DBE Program Be Narrowly Tailored to Remedy Discrimination?


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George R. La Noue, Can the Federal Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Be Narrowly Tailored to Remedy Discrimination?, Engage Vol. 8, Issue 4,


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The federal transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is a relic from another era that no longer serves a civil rights purpose. DBE is the progeny of the 10% minority set-aside provision in the 1977 Public Works Employment Act (PWEA). That Congress was responding to a temporary economic downturn and the 1968 Kerner Commission, which highlighted the special plight of African-Americans. Creating a share for them and other minority communities seemed like an important part of overall economic pump-priming