California Department of Transportation

Janice Salais
Acting Assistant Director

1823 14th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

(916) 324-0449
FAX (916) 324-1949
TTY 711

Small Business Advocate

DBE Certification Assistance (916) 324-1700



Caltrans 2015 Availability and Disparity Study (Study)

Caltrans is currently conducting an Availability and Disparity Study.
What is an Availability and Disparity Study?

  • Examines participation of minority- and women-owned businesses in public contracting
  • Measures the availability of minority- and women-owned businesses for public contracts
  • Assesses local marketplace conditions for small businesses and minority- and women-owned businesses

Public meetings to obtain verbal testimony regarding experiences working in the California public highway transportation marketplace were held throughout California in early November, and written testimony was accepted through March 15, 2016.  Thank you to all who provided testimony as your participation will assist Caltrans in identifying ways to better support small, minority-, and women-owned businesses.

The final Study report will be posted on the OBEO website by September 2016.

2012 Availability and Disparity Study

In 2007, Caltrans conducted a Disparity Study to develop the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program Goal and Methodology.  In compliance with 49 CFR Section 26, Caltrans is required to submit our Goal and Methodology once every 3 years.  As of October 2011, Caltrans began the 2012 Disparity Study which was completed August 2012.  As of September 14, 2012 the results of this study and Goal and Methodology are now available for public comment until October 31, 2012.