The Study examines:
- The procurement of Construction, Professional Services (including Architecture and Engineering), Standard Services, and Goods for the City,
- The subcontracting practices of prime contractors/vendors who do business with the City,
- The anecdotal evidence collected from a broad cross section of minority-, women-, and non-minority-owned firms, and
- Minority and women-owned business participation in the private sector.
The tasks involved in conducting the Study include, but are not limited to,
- Legal Review & Analysis: legal framework on which disparity studies are based.
- Purchasing, Policies, Practices, & Procedures: summary of the City’s applicable laws, procurement policies and procedures.
- Data Collection: assess the availability of contract data maintained by the City. Collect all pertinent data for executing various analyses associated with the City’s disparity study. Along with all prime contract data, MGT collects available subcontract data during the study period.
- Relevant Geographic Market Analysis: evaluate and determine the relevant geographic market area for the study.
- Estimation of M/WBE Availability: estimate the availability of firms in the relevant geographic market area that do business or interested in doing business with the City.
- Public Sector Utilization: collect utilization data of M/WBEs on the City’s prime contracts and subcontracts.
- Public Sector M/WBE Disparity Ratios: determine whether a disparity exists and whether it is statistically significant.
- Private Sector Marketplace Analysis: identify the presence or absence of disparity in the private sector.
- Anecdotal Evidence of Discrimination: gather anecdotal information regarding contracting and purchasing practices in the City’s market area from M/WBE and non-M/WBE firms through the collection of testimonies, in-depth interviews, focus groups, and surveys.
- Recommendations: a set of recommendations based on the factual predicate information developed in the study and the Consultant’s extensive inventory of selected practices.
The Industries analyzed include:
- Architecture & Engineering: A class of services specifically related to the preparation of plans and specifications for Construction projects.
- Construction: Services provided for the construction, renovation, rehabilitation, repair, alteration, improvement, demolition, and excavation of physical structures, excluding the performance of routine maintenance.
- Professional Services: Services that require the provider to possess specialized skills, including the holding of advanced degrees and exercise of independent judgment.
- Standardized Services: Services that do not typically require a provider to have experience in a specialized field or hold an advanced degree.
- Goods or Commodities: This category includes all purchases of physical items, including but not limited to equipment and materials, excluding land or a permanent interest in land.