Expenditures to a DBE, MBE or WBE contractor are counted toward the goals only if the DBE, MBE or WBE performs a commercially useful function on the contract.
A DBE, MBE, WBE performs a commercially useful function when:
- The DBE, MBE, WBE is responsible for execution of the work of the contract and is carrying out its responsibilities by actually performing, managing, and supervising the work involved.
- The DBE, MBE, WBE shall also be responsible, with respect to materials and supplies used on the contract, for negotiating prices, determining quality and quantity, ordering the material, and installing where applicable and paying for the material itself.
A DBE, MBE or WBE does not perform a CUF if its role is limited to that of an extra participant in a transaction, contract, or project through which funds are passed in order to obtain the appearance of DBE, MBE, WBE participation. If it is determined that the DBE, MBE, WBE is an extra participant, particularly those areas in which DBEs do not participate, there will be a reveiw. The DBE, MBE, WBE may be requested to present evidence to support its position of performing a commercially useful function.
A DBE, MBE, WBE Trucking Company will be determined to be performing a CUF by using the following factors:
- The DBE, MBE, WBE will be responsible for the management and supervision of the entire trucking operation for which it is responsible on a particular contract, and there cannot be a contrived arrangement for the purpose of meeting DBE goals.
- The DBE, MBE, WBE will itself own and operate at least one fully licensed, insured, and operational truck used on the contract.
- The DBE, MBE, WBE may lease trucks from another DBE firm, including on owner-operator who is certified as a DBE, MBE, WBE. The DBE who leases trucks from another DBE receives DBE credit for the total value of the transportation services the lessee DBE provides on the contract.
- The DBE, MBE, WBE who leases trucks from a non-DBE is entitled to credit for the total value of the transportation services provided by non-DBE lessees not to exceed the value of the transportation services provided by the DBE owned trucks on the contract.
Materials and suppliers must perform the following to be counted toward DBE goals:
- If the materials or supplies are obtained from a DBE, MBE, WBE manufacturer, count 100 percent of the cost of materials and supplies toward the goals.
- If the materials or supplies are purchased from a DBE, MBE, WBE regular dealer, 60 percent of the cost of the materials or supplies is counted toward the goals.