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.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should reaffirm DOD intent to increase opportunities for minority businesses to participate in its transportation program and monitor the progress made. The Commander of the Military Traffic Management Command should develop an affirmative action program which will: (1) set specific objectives, goals, and methodologies for increasing the use of minority motor carriers; and (2) provide for a periodic evaluation process and a monitoring procedure to ensure attainment of desired goals. He should also have transportation regulations revised so that they will be less restrictive in supporting new carrier applications for operating authority, increase the consideration given to use of contract carriers, and encourage contracting under section 8(a) of the Small Business Act.

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