Minority Motor Carriers Can Be Given More Opportunity To Participate in Defense Transportation

LCD-78-213: Published: Jun 6, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1978.

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In August 1976, the Department of Defense (DOD) requested the military transportation agencies to determine what affirmative actions should be taken to increase the opportunities for minority firms to participate in DOD business. The guidance furnished by DOD has consisted primarily of a broad policy statement on increasing the use of minority business enterprises in transportation services.

Limited progress has been made in developing an effective affirmative action program. At 7 military field installations surveyed, DOD used only 20 minority motor carriers in calendar year 1977. The following basic reasons were found for the limited use of minority firms: (1) the Military Traffic Management Command and other military transportation organizations have not formulated an affirmative action program which sets specific objectives, goals, and courses of action; (2) DOD and the transportation organizations have not placed continued emphasis on the program nor have they evaluated the progress made; and (3) transportation regulations do not promote, and sometimes inhibit, opportunities for use of minority carriers.

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