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What are the Good Faith Efforts?

The Good Faith Efforts are required methods implored by all EPA financial assistance agreement recipients to ensure that all Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) have the opportunity to compete for procurements funded by EPA financial assistance dollars. The Six Good Faith Efforts Are:

  1. Ensure DBEs are made aware of contracting opportunities to the fullest extent practicable through outreach and recruitment activities. For Indian Tribal, state and local government recipients, this will include placing DBEs on solicitation lists and soliciting them whenever they are potential sources.

  2. Make information on forthcoming opportunities available to DBEs and arrange time frames for contracts and establish delivery schedules, where the requirements permit, in a way that encourages and facilitates participation by DBEs in the competitive process. This includes, whenever possible, posting solicitations for bids or proposals for a minimum of 30 calendar days before the bid or proposal closing date.

  3. Consider in the contracting process whether firms competing for large contracts could subcontract with DBEs. For Indian Tribal, state and local government recipients, this will include dividing total requirements, when economically feasible, into smaller tasks or quantities to permit maximum participation by DBEs in the competitive process.

  4. Encourage contracting with a consortium of DBEs when a contract is too large for one of these firms to handle individually.

  5. Use the services and assistance of the Small Business Administration (SBE) and the Minority Business Development Agency of the Department of Commerce.

  6. If the prime contractor awards subcontracts, require the prime contractor to take the above steps.

Documentation of your efforts to implement the good faith efforts in your procurements is the key to a successful program!

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