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Civil Rights/Affirmative Action


Contract Compliance


2016 Draft Revision to NJDOT
Procedures and Contract Language


NJDOT will be introducing changes to our Civil Rights procedures and contract language to fully comply with FHWA regulations in a way that best meets the needs of the Department. The changes are necessary to ensure the continued flow of federal funds to the State of NJ for transportation projects. View the summary of the proposed changes (pdf 84k).

We are releasing this information in advance for your review and comment. Questions and comments may be submitted in via email. We will consider suggestions offered by contractors for making these changes more efficient or effective before they are finalized.

Once finalized, we are planning an introductory period in which we will phase in the changes and address any concerns that may arise as we are rolling out the plans. Please direct any questions or comments about these draft changes via email.

All comments are due on Monday, June 27, 2016.

The Division of Civil Rights/Affirmative Action (CR/AA) Contract Compliance Unit monitors subcontracting, employment and training opportunities on New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) federally-funded and New Jersey state-funded contracts. It ensures that highway construction funds allocated to those contracts are spent in a manner that encourages and supports employment of individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

The Contract Compliance Unit also monitors prime contractor compliance with federal and state funded construction contract provisions for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) contractors, Small Business Enterprise (SBE) contractors, employment and training. The NJDOT believes that an effective Contract Compliance program benefits contractors and employees if it can ensure merit based employment and subcontracting decisions.

By maintaining a Contract Compliance Program, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) ensures the contractors meet these objectives:
  • Subcontracting Goals
  • To Ensure the participation of DBEs and SBEs as subcontractors in federal and state contracts, according to 49 CFR Part 26 and N.J.A.C. 17:14 (pdf 1m), prime contractors must meet NJDOT’s goals set by the Division of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action.

  • Workforce (Equal Employment Opportunity-EEO) Goals
  • To ensure equal employment opportunity, NJDOT monitors the contractor’s compliance with Executive Order 11246 and 41 CFR Part 60 that prohibits discrimination against minorities and women and requires contractors to apply affirmative action.

    The Contract Compliance Unit monitors contractors according to the rules and regulations of the affirmative action aspects of the contractor’s workforce utilization plans. Contractors and subcontractors are required to submit regular reports documenting the number of employees and hours worked, with specific information on new hires, terminations and trainees.

  • Training Goals
  • The training goals are to uphold the goal for trainees to obtain full journey person status through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Initiative. The Training Special Provisions requires contractors to make every effort to enroll minority and female trainees in the contract training program.

    All contractors must comply with the contract requirements as they are outlined in the contract Special Provisions. This section stipulates the contractor’s DBE and EEO training requirements.

  • Documentation Goals
  • To meet the DBE, SBE, and EEO workforce and training requirements for both state and federally-funded project contracts, the Contract Compliance Unit requires the contractors to complete and submit specific forms to the project’s Resident Engineer.


 
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