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Minority-Owned Business and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Disparity Study

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) commissioned a Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business to report to Congress on MBE/WBE activity related to FRA’s major grant and loan programs. To conduct the study, FRA contracted with Jack Faucett Associates (JFA), a nationally recognized and respected expert in public-sector economic and survey research, and the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center (NORC), which is working with JFA to conduct the survey research.
In order to obtain relevant information needed for this project, JFA or NORC team members may contact you or other members of your organization to gather such information. The JFA team will use the information collected strictly for purposes of the study and will not disclose it to outside parties. If you are contacted, we strongly encourage you to participate in the survey and provide any requested information as soon as possible.
Thank you for your prompt cooperation with this important effort. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact FRA’s Civil Rights Director at 202-493-0669 or

Share Your Experience!

FRA is collecting information on Railroad Contracting/Subcontracting Experience and would like you to share your experience with discrimination and other barriers to contracting opportunities. If you are doing business, have attempted to do business, or would like to do business with the railroad industry or rail transit, FRA needs your input.  Your voice matters!

FRA engaged Jack Faucett Associates (JFA) to conduct the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Disparity Study in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. To supplement that study, we ask that you share your experiences and insights regarding challenges or opportunities involved in doing business or attempting to do business with projects that receive FRA funding. 

Please take 5 minutes to either complete a short survey online, email us or call in to leave a message. Your opinions are critical for our research.  Your contact options include:

•    Short Online Survey at
•    Leave a voice message at (301) 961-8832
•    You can also use this number to request a private call back
•    Send us an Email at
Your voice matters and will help to identify long-term enhancements to FRA programs and support the strategic objectives of open and equal access to FRA funded government contracting and purchasing opportunities. Please reply to this email with any questions or concerns you may have, and we thank you in advance for your time.

The FRA and JFA will keep your comments strictly confidential according to established legal and policy standards. No information attributable to you will be included in the final report for the Study.

Last updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2021