Confusion Prevails in Federal Minority Business Efforts

by Virginia Fairweather, Editor; Civil Engineering, 345 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 9, Pg. 91-93

Document Type: Feature article


Minority business participation in federally-funded programs should be doubled, according to President Jimmy Carter. A number of programs have been set up to accomplish this goal; an overview of these is included. Many problems exist, and there are a significant number of flagrant abuses. Quotas and set-asides are a particularly controversial aspect of this issue. Most people involved agree that there is a lack of coordination and that the definition of minority can be problematic, especially the inclusion of women in this category. But there are some successes; the Northeast Corridor rail project is one and the approach on this –1.9 billion rail rehabilitation undertaking is described.

Subject Headings: Federal government | Rail transportation | Terminology and definition | Women | Transportation corridors | Rehabilitation

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