Civil Rights


The Iowa Department of Transportation is accepting fiscal year 2018 DBE/SS Program Statements of Work (SOW) applications.

Your application materials are due to the Iowa DOT's Office of Employee Services' Civil Rights team by Tuesday, August 21, 2018.


The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) supportive services (SS) program is operated in conjunction with the DBE Program and implemented by the Iowa Department of Transportation Civil Rights office.

The primary purpose of the DBE/SS is to provide training, assistance, and services to minority, disadvantaged, and women business enterprises so as to increase their activity in the program, and to facilitate the firms' development into viable, self-sufficient organizations capable of competing for, and performing on federally assisted highway projects.

The SOW’s design should be an effective and feasible metric-based program to increase capacity and improve the overall business practices of DBE’s. It should describe how the program will deliver services for identified DBE’s, how staff selects DBE’s for the program, and contain goals and objectives tailored to the development of each DBE participant. Only one SOW is required but may include multiple concepts such as an element of a concluding program and an additional business development element. The SOW should not exceed ten pages, excluding attachments.

Please note that participation in the program now requires a Business Development Program (BDP). The purpose of the BDP is to evaluate and provide a structured process for DBE’s to receive firm-specific training and technical assistance to increase opportunities for successful participation as primes or subs on Fed-aid contracts (49 CFR Part 26, Appendix C).

Please submit completed applications to

Applications submitted that are incomplete or late will not be evaluated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Kim VanCleave by phone at 515-239-1427 or email

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, Tonnette Harris in the Civil Rights Bureau, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010 or at 515-233-7970. TTY/TDD: 515-239-1514