Federal Agencies Can Provide More Opportunities for Minority Motor Carriers

LCD-79-208: Published: Apr 25, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1979.

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Minority motor carrier participation in moving government cargo has been minimal. Federal agencies have not formulated affirmative action programs which set specific objectives, goals, and courses of action for increasing the use of minority motor carriers. Progress made has not been periodically evaluated or monitored.

The reason given most often by agency personnel for the low participation was the difficulty in identifying qualified minority carriers. A listing of minority carriers now has been published. Minority carriers cited their lack of awareness of government transportation needs, and problems in obtaining government assistance to prepare the paperwork and satisfy the requirements for securing Federal business as reasons for low participation.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Department of Commerce and the Interagency Council for Minority Business Enterprise should work with the individual agencies in correcting weaknesses. Corrective actions should include developing affirmative action programs and distributing and expanding the listing of minority carriers. The Department of Commerce and individual agencies should take appropriate action by helping the minority carriers obtain operating authority, increasing the consideration given to using contract carriers, encouraging contracting under the Small Business Administration section 8(a) program, and considering obtaining outside expertise and assistance.

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