The DVBE* Program
Assembly Bill 1933 mandates that any vendor with whom we contract must meet specific goals in terms of the percentages of disabled veteran-owned busines participation in the contract. The vendor must show in his bid that 3% of the project is being handled by a disabled veteran-owned firm.
The implementation of this legislation has delayed our projects significantly. The failure of bidders to comply with AB 1933 causes their bids to be nonresponsive, and very often an entire bid must be thrown out when none of the bidders comply. We continually work to educate our vendors so that they can better respond to this DVBE requirement and are making progress in improving their compliance rate.
*DVBE = Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise