Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Minority and Women's Business Enterprise Reporting

State agencies and public authorities are required to promote the participation of minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs) and women-owned business enterprises (WBEs) in State contracts and procurement opportunities. Specifically, agencies must establish annual goals for such participation (expressed as a percentage of the agency’s total contract spending for the year), make a “good faith” effort to achieve these goals, and report quarterly on their level of participation. We examined the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) performance in these areas and found that it is establishing annual goals for M/WBE participation in its procurements, and in some respects, is making a good faith effort to reach those goals. However, it has not shown that the goals are reasonable, and it is consistently falling well short of reaching the goals. We also found that the MTA is not accurately reporting the results of its efforts and is overstating the extent of M/WBE participation in its procurements. We recommended certain improvements to help the MTA more fully comply with the requirements.

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