The purpose of OAR 123-200-1000 to 123-200-2200 is to adopt a standard application form and procedure designed to provide complete documentation for certification of businesses as minority, woman, or service-disabled veteran owned business or an Emerging Small Business and to adopt a procedure for handling complaints, investigations, and issuing sanctions.
The Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID) is the sole certification agency for the State of Oregon and all political subdivisions. To the extent there is any reference to the Office of Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Business from the implementation of these rules forward, all references defer to the agencys new name, COBID.
The COBID shall certify Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Woman Business Enterprises (WBE), and businesses owned by service-disabled veterans (SDV) under the State of Oregon certification program based on ORS 200.055. The COBID shall also certify Emerging Small Businesses (ESB) under the State of Oregon certification program based on ORS 200.170. Any public contracting agency shall consider an enterprise certified by the COBID as eligible to participate in the certification programs pursuant to these rules in the State of Oregon as defined in ORS 279.011(5).
Certified firms are eligible to participate on state funded projects to meet commitment requirements. Any certified firm is eligible to participate in private or non-state funded projects.
These rules also cover publication of a directory, ineligibility complaints, and representation of the COBID in contested case hearings.
In making a determination as to whether a firm qualifies for certification, in addition to the rules contained herein, the COBID defers to the Code of Federal Regulations 49 CFR part 26.