Socio Economic Programs

In accordance with USDOT 49 CFR Part 26, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 13 CFR Part 121, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors, WMATA administer three small business certifications programs that encourage participation in our agency's contracting opportunities:

  1. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
  2. Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program
  3. Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program; Small Business Program (SBP); Micro-Business Program (MBP) 

Prime contractors must list and send to the SBPO "ALL" DBE Sub-contractors on the schedule of participation who are working on WMATA contracts that have no DBE goals which will assist in the achievement of our race neutral measures per 49CFR Part 26.

Whenever a DBE receives a prime contract because it is the lowest responsible bidder, the resulting DBE participation was achieved through race-neutral measures. Per 49CFR Part26. 

Please inform the Small Business Programs Office when the following conditions exist:

  • A DBE receives a prime contract because it is the lowest responsible bidder.
  • A DBE receives a subcontract on a project that does not have a contract goal.
  • A prime award a subcontract to a DBE because it submitted the lowest quote on a project that carries a contract goal.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter and helping to support Race Neutral Measures.

Mandatory Prompt Payment Reporting

Effective October 1, 2019 Prime Contractors and DBE Subcontractors must enter their payment data in the WMATA Supplier Portal by the 10th if every month.