Disparity Study Announcement
The Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs is conducting a Disparity Study on behalf of New Jersey Transit Corporation. Regarded as one of the country's leading research centers specializing in objective analyses of racial and ethnic economic discrimination, the Roy Wilkins Center will help determine the degree to which discrimination impacts contracting opportunities for socially and economically disadvantaged groups in the region, and, guide NJ TRANSIT'S use of race conscious Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goals to address specifically those socially disadvantaged groups for which there is evidence of discrimination in contracting opportunities. Having this information available to inform NJ TRANSIT's DBE goal setting is a requirement to have a DBE program that is fully compliant with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) mandate and related legal standards ("strict scrutiny" and "narrow tailoring").
This study goes beyond comparing the availability and utilization of Small, Minority- and Women-owned, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (S/M/W/DBE). It will examine whether there are statistically significant disparities in contract award amounts, bid success rates, pre-qualification rates, and whether there are specific market barriers to full participation in the entire range of procurement and contracting activities of NJ TRANSIT. The study will detail the performance of race-neutral programs and examine whether the policies and practices of race-conscious programs result in an undue burden on firms that are not Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.
The results of this Disparity Study will determine if a strong basis of evidence exists for the continuation or expansion of existing programs in New Jersey Transit. For this reason, this is a great opportunity for you to provide feedback regarding your experience doing business or attempting to do business with New Jersey Transit.
Businesses that do business, or have attempted to do business with NJ TRANSIT, regardless of size or ownership, are invited to share their experiences by participating in one of more of the following: an internet survey of prime and subcontractors; focus groups; interviews; or any of three public meetings to be scheduled. Businesses may also submit comments directly by E-mail to www.njtdisparitystudy.umn.edu or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals or business owners interested in contributing information or participating in any of the activities mentioned above are urged to submit their email addresses or other contact information by completing the form below.
To verify the information in this announcement contact:
Director, Contract Compliance
Office of Civil Rights & Diversity Programs - Office of Business Development,
One Penn Plaza East - 6th Fl.
Newark NJ 07105