Equal Opportunity Contracting
The City of San Diego commissioned BBC Research & Consulting to conduct a Disparity Study to assess whether minority-, woman- and disabled veteran-owned businesses face any barriers as part of the City of San Diego’s contracting processes. Information from the study will help the City assess its efforts to encourage the participation of minority- and woman-owned businesses in local contracts and help inform any refinements that the City might make to its implementation of the City’s Equal Opportunity Contracting Program or state-level contracting policies.
The Disparity Study focused on construction; professional services; and goods and other services contracts and procurements that the City awarded between July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2019. The crux of the disparity study was to examine whether there are any disparities between:
The study also examined other qualitative and quantitative information related to:
BBC initiated the Disparity Study in January 2020 and completed the study at the end of January 2021 and a draft report was completed in February 2021. View the Study Schedule
A preliminary Disparity Study report was presented to the City Council's Budget and Government Efficiency Committee on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. The agenda is posted here. Committee meetings are open to the public. Please note: In accordance with California Executive Order N-29-20 due to COVID-19, there were no members of the public participating in person at the City Council meetings. Alternatives were provided to in-person attendance for viewing and participating in the meetings. Click here for more information.
The City will provide regular updates about BBC’s progress on the Disparity Study throughout its course. Please check back periodically for those updates.
The City and BBC initiated the Disparity Study in January 2020 with a series of meetings with various City departments and representatives. BBC met with the City to introduce the study; answer questions; and begin the process of understanding contracting and vendor data that state agencies maintain.
BBC has begun working with City staff to collect data on contracts that the City awarded during the study period as well as information about the vendors that participated in those contracts.
BBC engaged in the following tasks as part of the process in creating a Disparity Study: