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Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program

[34 Pa.B. 5321]

   Under 49 CFR 26.81, the Department of Transportation (Department) is announcing the establishment of the Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program (program). Under 49 CFR 26.81, all recipients of funds from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in this Commonwealth are required to create and implement a unified certification program for disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE). The program provides one-stop shopping for DBE certification. A DBE certified by the program will be recognized by all recipients of FAA, FHWA and FTA funds in this Commonwealth.

   The Department partnered with four other certifying agencies in this Commonwealth to establish the program. Reciprocity among certifying agencies is a component of the program. Certifying participants in the program are the City of Philadelphia, Minority Business Enterprise Council, Allegheny County, Office of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Office of Equal Opportunity, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Small & Disadvantaged Utilization Department and the Department's Bureau of Equal Opportunity. The certifying participants will retain their certification functions and abide by the same forms, guideline and procedures. DBEs are now certified by the program, instead of having DBE certification from a specific agency.

   For more information regarding the program, visit www.paucp.com. Information can also be obtained by contacting Michael Schirmer, Director, DBE Supportive Services, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, P. O. Box 527, Cheyney, PA 19319-0200, (877) 736-6323, (610) 399-2206, mschirmer@cheyney.edu.

ALLEN D. BIEHLER, P. E.,   
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 04-1796. Filed for public inspection September 24, 2004, 9:00 a.m.]



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