Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) and BBC present answers to frequently asked questions regarding disparity studies.
Q. What is a Disparity Study?
A disparity study examines whether there are disparities, or differences, between:
- The percentage of dollars that minority- and women- owned businesses received on RTAA's prime contracts and subcontracts during a particular time period (referred to as a utilization analysis); and
- The percentage of dollars that those firms would be expected to receive based on their availability to perform on RTAA's prime contracts and subcontracts (referred to as an availability analysis).
In addition to utilization, availability, and disparity analyses, disparity studies examine other quantitative and qualitative information regarding:
- Legal considerations surrounding implementations of local minority- and women-owned business programs and the Federal DBE Program;
- Conditions in the local marketplace for minorities, women, and minority- and women-owned businesses;
- Contracting practices and business assistance programs that RTAA currently has in place; and
- Potential program measures for participating agencies to consider implementing as part of local minority- and women-owned business programs, the Federal DBE Program, or other small business programs.
Q. What will RTAA do with information from the disparity study?
Information collected as a part of the 2015 Disparity Study will inform RTAA's implementation of the federal DBE program. In addition, the study will help RTAA monitor minority- and women-owned business participation on their contracts.
Among other information, the disparity study will provide RTAA with an independent, objective review of minority- and women-owned business participation in its transportation-related construction and professional services prime contracts and subcontracts. That information will be valuable to RTAA's leadership and to external groups that may be monitoring the entity's contracting practices. In addition, the study will provide insights about how RTAA might improve contracting opportunities for local small businesses, many of which are minority- or woman-owned.
Q. How can I participate in the disparity study process?
There are several ways in which you can participate in the 2015 RTAA Disparity Study:
Share your experiences working in the local marketplace by using the “Contact Us” section of the website. To access the “Contact Us” section, click here.
Join us for a public forum where you can learn more about the disparity study process, submit verbal testimony, and ask questions. To find out when the BBC study team will be conducting a public forum near you, click here.
Respond to our requests to complete a survey, which will begin taking place in late 2015. If you are a business owner in Nevada, you may be contacted as a part of the utilization or availability survey process. If you are contacted for a survey, please help the study team by responding to the request in a timely manner.
Call us if you have any unanswered questions about the study. For our contact information, click here.