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4 shape or define elements of post-award administration. The Division, etc.). The survey was designed to gather data in administrative approaches to the DBE program are different four general areas: and some STAs will have progressed further in the imple- mentation of some techniques and methods than others. Inter- 1. Respondent information, nal studies and other relevant documents from the STAs were 2. General administration practices, requested to support the review process. Where appropriate, 3. Pre-contract administration practices, and the study also included detailed information and data pro- 4. Contract administration practices. vided by STAs to illustrate specific issues and practices. The questionnaire was prepared from the study scope def- inition. Information specific to FTA or FAA DBE implemen- SCOPE tation activities by the STA was not differentiated in the ques- tionnaire. Transit or airport authorities and agencies working This report includes a review of the available literature and a at the state, regional, or local level were not included in the survey of STAs to identify the various post-award contract survey. This limits the interpretation primarily to those activ- administration procedures and methods that have been imple- ities governed by federal highway DBE administration. Thirty- mented to meet the regulation requirements. In defining the six STAs responded to the request for information. A copy scope of the work, STAs were chosen as the primary focus of the final questionnaire is provided in Appendix A. for questionnaire distribution. The study discusses certifi- cation, but excludes details about certification procedures and overall goal-setting requirements. The scope of the study ORGANIZATION OF SYNTHESIS applies generally to all DBE programs, but specifically to those in the highway transportation sector. The report contains five chapters. Chapter one establishes the basic scope and purpose of the synthesis. Chapter two is a review of literature and previous work applicable to the sur- GENERAL SURVEY INFORMATION vey issues. Chapter three provides a broad picture on the scope of various state DBE programs. Chapter four examines A survey was developed for distribution to each state TRB the transition activities for awarding contracts through post- representative. Guidance was provided to the TRB represen- contract administration practices. Chapter five covers several tative to direct the survey within the STA to the appropriate general impact questions, a summary of findings, suggestions respondent group (DBE program, Civil Rights, Contracts for research, and conclusions.