Disparity Study | Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Disparity Study?

A Disparity Study is an evaluation of the procurement and contracting practices of governments, particularly the use of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) and Airport Concessions/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (AC/DBE) in government contracting.

Who is sponsoring the Study?

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Port Authority) is the Study sponsor.

What is the purpose of the Study?

The Study will determine if a statistical disparity exists in the award of Port Authority contracts to ready, willing, and able market area MWBEs and AC/DBEs.

What guidelines exist to help direct the Study?

The Study will be guided by the United States Supreme Court’s 1989 decision in City of Richmond v. J.A. Croson Co., 488 U.S. 469 (1989) and its progeny.

Why has Port Authority decided to conduct the Study?

Port Authority has decided to conduct the Study to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Determine, if and to what extent, discrimination exists in the market area that affects the ability of MWBE and AC/DBE from acquiring contracts
  • Determine, if and to what extent, a disparity exists between the utilization of MWBE and AC/DBE contractors and their availability
  • Develop and refine the Port Authority’s MWBE and AC/DBE race and gender-conscious and race and gender neutral programs and recommendations
  • Provide findings and recommendations that may be used in the event of litigation

How does Port Authority benefit from a Disparity Study?

Three benefits to the Port Authority are to:

  • Identify best practices to improve Port Authority’s contracting process
  • Increase number of bidders on Port Authority’s contracts
  • Lower the Port Authority’s procurement costs

How will the Port Authority identify available businesses?

To identify available businesses, Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd., will conduct a broad-based business outreach program using a thorough data collection process. The Port Authority’s contract records, certification lists, outreach meetings, and trade and professional association lists will be used to identify available businesses.

Which industries are being studied?

The industries being studied are construction, architectural and engineering, and goods and services.

Who is conducting the Study?

Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd. (Mason Tillman), a national expert in conducting disparity studies based in Oakland, California, is conducting the Study. Mason Tillman will review Port Authority’s contract records, identify market area businesses, and collect anecdotal accounts from business owners.

How can local business owners get involved?

Local business owners can get involved in several ways:

  • Attend one of the six business community meetings, scheduled at the following locations:

Community Events and Meetings Schedule
Schedule Block Selected Locations
July 7, 2016
  • 10:00AM - 12:00PM
July 8, 2016
  • 10:00AM - 12:00PM
July 8, 2016
  • 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Port Authority of NY & NJ JFK, Building 14, Conference Room 3E
  • Queens, NY
CUNY Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall
  • Manhattan, NY
Port Authority of NY & NJ, 3rd Floor Training Room
  • Jersey City, NJ
September 28, 2016
  • 10:00AM - 12:00PM
September 28, 2016
  • 2:00PM - 4:00PM
September 29, 2016
  • 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Rutgers University
  • Newark, NJ
Bank of New York Mellon
  • Manhattan, NY
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology
  • Queens, NY
  • Complete a business survey
  • Participate in a telephone interview to share contracting and bidding experiences
  • Provide membership lists from business and trade associations

Who should business owners contact to get additional information?

Mason Tillman can be contacted by telephone at (908) 248-9587, or by email at PANYNJDisparityStudy@mtaltd.com.


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