Reporting to the Secretary of Transportation, the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) provides statewide direction of department programs relating to external civil rights, which include:
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE)
- Minority/Women Business Enterprises (MWBE)
- Small Business Enterprises (SBE)
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Contract Compliance
- On-The-Job Training (OJT) Support Services
- Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO)
- Title VI
- Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
- Environmental Justice
- External Complaint Investigations
The External Civil Rights Branch (ECRB) is responsible for fostering equal opportunity in procurement contracting and service delivery through the administration of various equal opportunity programs. The ECRB is guided by federal and state civil rights laws and regulations and various other department policies.
ECRB's primary responsibilities are:
- Implementing the DBE program on USDOT-assisted contracts and procurements.
- Establishing and monitoring a DBE Supportive Services program.
- Setting annual overall DBE goals and DBE goals on individual projects.
- Responsible for ensuring proper DBE Certification.
- Implementing the MWBE program on state-funded contracts and procurements.
- Implementing the EEO Contract Compliance Program.
- Implementing the OJT programs under the Training Special Provisions (TSP) of USDOT-assisted construction contracts.
- Implementing the Title VI program, which is designed to prevent discrimination on federally funded projects.
- Providing training and technical assistance to WSDOT and its sub-recipients, and to contractors and consultants.
- Developing and revising program implementation plans.
- Investigating external civil rights complaints.
The Office of Equal Opportunity represents the Department and provides liaison with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and other regulatory agencies involved in the administration of the department’s external civil rights programs.