New Audit Announcements
Audit Initiated of DOT’s Administration of its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
The Office of Inspector General is initiating an audit of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT's) administration of its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. The Department's DBE program provides a vehicle for increasing the participation of socially and economically disadvantaged businesses in state and local procurement with its main objectives being: (1) provide a level playing field so that DBEs can compete fairly for DOT assisted projects; (2) ensure that only eligible firms participate as DBEs; and (3) assist in the development of DBE firms so that they can successfully compete outside of the DBE program. Our audit objective is to determine whether DOT's oversight, internal controls, and program management used to implement its DBE program are adequate to ensure DBE funds are effectively utilized to meet the program's objectives.