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Environmental Loans (EL) EPA's Fair Share policy

Fair Share is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy that disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs), including minority business enterprises (MBEs) and women's business enterprises (WBEs), be afforded the opportunity to participate as contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in EPA awarded financial assistance programs.

This policy applies to all contracts, subcontracts, & procurements for supplies, construction, equipment, and services under EPA grants and loans. Recipients of grants and loans and their prime contractors shall make good faith efforts to award a fair share of contracts, subcontracts, & procurements to DBEs.

Six affirmative steps

In order to demonstrate a good faith effort, the recipient and the prime contractor must, at a minimum, fulfill the following six (6) affirmative steps:

  1. Include qualified DBEs on solicitation lists.

  2. Assure that potential DBEs are solicited whenever they are potential sources.

  3. Divide scope of work (total requirements), when economically feasible, into smaller tasks or quantities to permit maximum participation of DBEs.

  4. Establish delivery schedules (for projects where the requirements of the work allow) that will encourage participation by DBEs.

  5. Use the services and assistance of the following, as appropriate: (See lists of certified DBEs for agencies in Wisconsin and bordering states that provide similar services and assistance.)

  6. If the prime contractor awards contracts/procurements, require the subcontractor to take the affirmative steps above.

Document your compliance

Recipients and contractors must document compliance with these requirements. (See DBE Good Faith Certification Form 8700-294 [PDF]).

Contact information
Direct questions about DBE requirements to:
Meja Maka
DBE (disadvantaged business enterprise) specialist
EL section, Bureau of CFA
608-266-9193

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Last revised: Monday November 27 2017