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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 03-1511


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

[33 Pa.B. 3806]

   On June 16, 2003, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), by publication in the Federal Register, 68 Fed. Reg. 35542 (June 16, 2003) (to be codified at 49 CFR Part 26), issued a final rulemaking revising its regulations governing Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs. The final rulemaking took effect on July 16, 2003. The Department of Transportation (Department) intends to review the Commonwealth's approved 1999 DBE Program document and conform it, where appropriate, to the USDOT final rulemaking.

   The USDOT final rulemaking permits, but does not require, USDOT fund recipients (that is, state departments of transportation) to expand the amount of credit for trucking operations by allowing additional credit for a DBE that leases trucks from a non-DBE. The Department has carefully reviewed the option afforded by the final rulemaking and initially has elected not to incorporate the calculation of additional credit permitted by the USDOT final rulemaking, but to maintain the current crediting practice under the existing program.

   Interested parties are invited to offer comment regarding whether the Department should continue with the current crediting practice or consider incorporating the calculation practice permitted by the USDOT final rulemaking.

   Persons who wish to provide comments should direct them in writing to Jocelyn I. Harper, Director, Bureau of Equal Opportunity, Department of Transportation, P. O. Box 3251, Harrisburg, PA 17105-3251, (717) 787-5891, fax: (717) 772-4026. Comments must be postmarked by September 15, 2003, for consideration.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 03-1511. Filed for public inspection August 1, 2003, 9:00 a.m.]

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