The Fair Employment Practices (FEP) Unit oversees two programs:
· The MBE/FBE Participation Program which providing opportunities for minority/female owned firms
· DHR Minority/Female Workforce Program, which offers equal employment opportunities to minority and female tradespersons in accordance with the Department of Human Rights.
The FEP Unit assists prime contractors and certified minority and female firms to increase minority participation on construction projects.
FEP Compliance Technicians are frequently available at CDB's pre-bid and pre-construction meetings to aid in the clarification of the programs and procedures. They are also periodically available at the construction sites in conjunction with the FEP programs.
More information on the program can be found at http://www2.illinois.gov/cdb/business/Pages/MinorityFemaleBusiness.aspx.
The Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act
(30 ILCS 575/7(5)
Each chief procurement officer, as defined in the Illinois Procurement Code, shall maintain on his or her official Internet website a database of waivers granted under this Section with respect to contracts under his or her jurisdiction. The database, which shall be updated periodically as necessary, shall be searchable by contractor name and by contracting State agency.
Click here to access the database of waivers granted for participation of minority and/or female businesses on construction contracts awarded by the Capital Development Board.