S.C. Code Regs. 63-700 - Purpose and Scope

A. The South Carolina Department of Transportation (hereinafter "Department") promulgates these regulations to carry out the disadvantaged business enterprises program mandated by Section 12-28-2930 of the Code of Laws (1976), as amended (hereinafter "State DBE Program") and to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 26 regarding the disadvantaged business enterprises program required by federal law and regulations (hereinafter "Federal DBE Program").
B. In accordance with Section 12-28-2930(A), the State DBE Program shall be applicable to total state source highway funds expended in a fiscal year on highway, bridge and building construction, and building renovation contracts.
(1) "Total State source highway funds" shall include all revenue generated by State law for use by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (hereinafter the "Department") for the construction and renovation of highways, bridges and buildings.
(2) "Expended in a fiscal year" shall mean become legally obligated to expend within the fiscal year.
(3) "Contracts" shall mean agreements to perform or furnish labor or materials made between the Department and a contractor, after a solicitation for bids.
C. The Department shall ensure that not less than ten percent (as allocated in Section 12-28-2930(A)(1) and (2) ) of the funds subject to the State DBE Program are expended through direct contracts with Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (hereinafter "DBEs"). However, this ten percent requirement is subject to the counting provisions of Section 12-28-2930(K) and (M). "Direct contracts" shall mean contracts between the Department and DBEs acting as prime contractors. Direct contracts with DBEs shall be achieved by limiting consideration of bids and proposals on certain projects to those submitted by DBEs only. These shall be known as "set aside" projects or contracts.
D. The Department, as a recipient of federal-aid highway and federal transit funds, is required to implement a Federal DBE Program in accordance with 49 CFR Part 26. Therefore, the Department incorporates herein by reference the provisions of 49 CFR Part 26 and specifically provides that its Federal DBE Program shall be carried out in compliance therewith.


S.C. Code Regs. 63-700
Added by State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992. Amended by State Register Volume 24, Issue No. 4, eff April 28, 2000.

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