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NJ TRANSIT is committed to a policy of diversity in procurement by providing a program dedicated to ensure contracting opportunities for Disadvantaged Businesses Enterprises (DBE). Through our Department of Diversity Program's Office of Business Diversity, the DBE Program will be implemented as defined by the United States Department of Transportation Regulation 49 CFR, Part 26.
In accordance with federal law, NJ TRANSIT recognizes its responsibilities to support and champion diversity in our Procurement Programs. Moreover, NJ TRANSIT is committed to a total program effort that seeks to both foster the development and growth of disadvantaged businesses, and prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, or sex in the provision of goods and services.
As a major public institution dedicated to serving a diverse population, NJ TRANSIT is cognizant of the need to address the unique issues and difficulties our diverse groups of vendors and suppliers have long experienced. These problems have historically prevented DBE vendors from fully participating in the mainstream of the nation's economy. NJ TRANSIT's partnership with these firms is indicative of our overall commitment to maintaining strong relations with the communities we serve and demonstrates our willingness to respond to their needs.
The NJ TRANSIT's Office of Business Diversity will implement this program along with our Small Business Development Program by continuing to:
- Create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete
- Provide Certification and Technical Financial Assistance
- Provide opportunities for public input from diverse sections of the population
- Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of contracts
- Ensure the DBE Program is narrowly-tailored in accordance with applicable law
The Assistant Executive Director, Diversity Programs, has been designated as the DBE Liaison Officer, and will be responsible for implementing all aspects of the DBE Program.
We solicit your support and commitment to NJ TRANSIT's Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Program.
|Date: November 30, 2007
Richard R. Sarles