NDOT is required to comply with various nondiscrimination laws & regulations, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which provides: "No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance under this title or carried out under this title."
Pursuant to FHWA & FTA regulations, NDOT must update its Title VI Program Plan occasionally. In compliance with those laws & regulations, NDOT recently completed a major overhaul of our Title VI Program Plan which has been approved by the FHWA. While it is a "final" document, it is also intended to be a living document that is updated as needed & appropriate. Please review & submit any comments or concerns you may have to NDOT's Civil Rights Officer.
Types of Contracts to Which the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Applies
Section 324 of title 23 U.S.C., the Civil Rights Act of 1964, & the implementing regulations of the Department of Transportation (49 CFR part 21), including the provisions of paragraphs (2)(iii) & (2)(v) of appendix C thereof relative to employment practices, are applicable to the following types of contracts awarded by State highway departments, contractors, & first tier subcontractors, including those who supply materials & lease equipment:
- Highway Safety
- Property Management
Fee contracts & other commitments with persons for services incidental to the acquisition of right-of-way including, but not limited to:
- Advertising contracts
- Agreements for economic studies
- Contracts for surveys & plats
- Contracts for appraisal services & expert witness fees
- Contracts to negotiate for the acquisition of right-of-way
- Contracts for disposal of improvement & property management services
- Contracts for employment of fee attorneys for right-of-way procurement, or preparation & trial of condemnation cases
- Contracts for escrow & closing services
If you or someone you know believes themselves to be the victim of discrimination, please see our Title VI Complaint Procedures & Form (.pdf 70KB). Simply print, fill out & send as appropriate using the contacts below:
Yvonne Schuman, Civil Rights Officer
Nevada Department of Transportation
123 East Washington Avenue
Las Vegas NV 89101
(702) 486-0487 fax
NDOT to Commission New Disparity Study in 2012
NDOT’s Civil Rights & Contract Compliance Division is commissioning a new Disparity Study to begin later this year.
Building on 2007 NDOT Disparity Study (.pdf 3.9MB) findings, we will focus attention specifically on the business climate for minority & women-owned firms in the Nevada highway construction industry. The results will help NDOT determine appropriate race-conscious goals for 2014-2016.
The Disparity Study examines the availability & utilization of DBEs & helps NDOT navigate the issues raised by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Western States Paving Co, & by other courts, that affect the administration of our DBE program. The main objective of the DBE program is to help small, minority or woman-owned & disadvantaged businesses compete on a level playing field alongside larger firms.
You will have the opportunity to comment on the new Disparity Study when it is in draft form. It’s availability for comment will be announced here, approximately a year from this date. In the interim, please read the Disparity Study (link above) for background. Any questions or comments, please contact NDOT’s Civil Rights Officer Yvonne Schuman at the contacts above.