Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

The DBE Program, which has been developed under the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) policies, is administered by the Office of Employee Services. Authority for the department's DBE Program is derived from, but is not limited to:

  • Title VI of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and any amendments.
  • Executive Order 11625 and any amendments.
  • Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).
  • 49 CFR Part 26 of the Federal Register and any amendments.

U.S. Department of Transportation DBE Program
View DBE Program (PDF)

May 16, 2014 Public Meeting  to receive comments on the DBE Goal Methodology used to set the 2015-2017 DBE goal. The meeting will be at 1 p.m. central time in the Materials Conference Room at the Iowa DOT, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa.

The Iowa DOT has followed 49 CFR 26.45 in the calculation of the Annual DBE Goal.  The Iowa DOT proposes an Annual DBE Goal of 5.75%

The methodology used can be viewed on the Iowa DOT, Civil Rights web page at: in the Latest News section. Copies can also be requested by e-mail to:, by phone: 515-239-1422, or by fax: 515-817-6502. If attending in person, you will need to check in at the main desk to receive a visitor badge.  Please contact Karen Kienast at 515-233-7970 if you have any questions about the Iowa DOT Annual DBE Goal Setting Process

The DBE Goal Setting Meeting scheduled for August 6 has been cancelled.
This meeting would have been to establish DBE goals for the September 16, 2014, letting. All reports will be e-mailed as usual.
For additional information call 515-239-1422 or e-mail questions to

Final FY 2013 Annual DBE Accomplishment 5.7 percent FFY

2015-2017 Proposed DBE Goal Methodology
Review the full document

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

PDF document

The Iowa DOT takes affirmative action to ensure that Disadvantaged business enterprises have the maximum practical opportunity to get Iowa DOT contracts for construction, professional and technical service. The Iowa DOT also has taken specific steps to ensure there is no discrimination in the awarding and administering of contracts. The attached DBE Program Plan has been submitted to the Federal Highway Administration for approval.

FY 2014

Annual DBE goal:

4.5 percent

YTD annual DBE

4.8 percent

Uniform Certification
Application for
DBE Program

DBE accomplishments
by ethnicity and gender

Federal and state laws prohibit employment and/or public accommodation discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran's status. If you believe you have been discriminated against, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission at 800-457-4416 or Iowa Department of Transportation's affirmative action officer. If you need accommodations because of a disability to access the Iowa Department of transportation's services, contact the agency's civil rights/ADA coordinator, Karen Kienast in the Office of Employee Services, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010 or at 515-239-1921. TTY/TDD: 515-239-1514